The value of the contract was not disclosed.
The Air Force will use BlackSky’s artificial intelligence and machine learning analytics platform to monitor areas and “track the spread of COVID-19 to ensure the protection of deployed personnel, and secure critical nodes of the supply chain,” the company said in a news release.
BlackSky CEO Brian O’Toole, said the company will combine global geospatial data sources with satellite remote sensing data to provide a “near-real time look at the evolving pandemic.”
The BlackSky platform will analyze anomalies and monitor the application of social distancing. “These measurements will then be correlated against the reported infection numbers coming from local governments and integrated into the latest epidemiology models to predict the risk to deployed U.S. Air Force personnel and the surrounding communities,” the company said.
The military’s supply chain also will be monitored. BlackSky will track logistics depots, maintenance facilities, petroleum reserves and airports and provide alerts and notifications when changes in activity level or other anomalies are observed.