Privateer acquires Orbital Insight


Privateer, a leading space situational awareness company, has made a significant move by acquiring Orbital Insight, a renowned geospatial data analysis firm. The acquisition, coupled with a $56.5 million Series A funding round, underscores Privateer’s commitment to expanding its capabilities and providing comprehensive solutions for understanding both space-based and Earth-bound activities.

Before the acquisition, Privateer specialized in monitoring objects in space, while Orbital Insight focused on tracking activities on Earth. By integrating their respective expertise, Privateer aims to offer customers an end-to-end solution for gaining insights into both space and terrestrial domains.

Orbital Insight, founded in 2013 in Palo Alto, California, has established itself as a leader in geospatial intelligence by harnessing data from satellites, aircraft, and terrestrial sources like cellphone locations. Its flagship platform, TerraScope, analyzes diverse datasets to provide valuable insights into various phenomena, ranging from traffic patterns during the COVID-19 pandemic to economic indicators.

The acquisition allows Privateer to leverage Orbital Insight’s advanced analytics capabilities and expansive customer base, which includes prestigious organizations such as the U.S. Air Force, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, and S&P Global. With Orbital Insight’s expertise on board, Privateer is poised to enhance its offerings and address a wider range of customer needs across multiple sectors.

Privateer’s flagship product, Wayfinder, is a visualization tool that integrates data from the U.S. Space Command and satellite operators, providing users with real-time insights into space activities. By combining Wayfinder with Orbital Insight’s TerraScope platform, Privateer aims to create a comprehensive data engine capable of delivering unparalleled intelligence across all domains, from sea to space.

The synergies between Privateer and Orbital Insight pave the way for innovative solutions that transcend traditional boundaries, enabling customers to make informed decisions based on comprehensive and actionable intelligence. As Privateer embarks on this new chapter, the possibilities for leveraging space-based and Earth observation data are indeed endless, promising exciting developments in the field of space situational awareness.

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