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Orbital Insight Wins Phase-2 SBIR to Bolster U.S. Air Force Innovation

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Orbital Insight, the leader in geospatial analytics software, announced today that it has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase-2 contract by AFWERX to build custom artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms and monitor objects of interest that support the U.S. Air Force’s mission to fly, fight and win in air, space and cyberspace.

Orbital Insight will support AFWERX by automating geospatial intelligence collection and analysis through multi-modal data sources including optical, SAR, and aerial imagery at scale. The use of trusted geospatial data will support Multi-Domain Operations with objective, transparent, and timely analytics.

“We are proud to continue our work with AFWERX to support a mission that ultimately keeps the peace and saves lives,” said Dr. James Crawford, CEO of Orbital Insight, who also recently spoke at the AFWERX Fusion Xperience event on July 24, 2019. “Automating geospatial analyses will allow the U.S. Air Force to access the best possible intelligence and enable outcomes that benefit the country.”

Orbital Insight’s Phase-2 SBIR contract follows Orbital Insight’s recently-announced creation of a new federal advisory board with former NGA Director Robert Cardillo and former USGIF CEO Keith Masback, to help the U.S. Department of Defense in its adoption of best-in-class artificial intelligence.


Established in 2017 by the Secretary of the Air Force and reporting to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, AFWERX is a catalyst for agile Air Force engagement across industry, academia and non-traditional contributors to create transformative opportunities and foster an Air Force culture of innovation. The ultimate aim is to solve problems and enhance the effectiveness of the Air Force. AFWERX enables thoughtful, deliberate, ground-up innovation across the Air Force. They do this through an innovation approach that combines startup urgency with the largest pool of motivated talent in the world to uncover opportunities to improve Air Force capabilities, connect and engage the right stakeholders, and facilitate outcomes.

About Orbital Insight

Orbital Insight leverages machine learning and computer vision to analyze petabytes of multi-source data, including satellite and synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery, geolocation intelligence, and vessel traffic (AIS) data, to understand what is happening on and to the Earth. By monitoring the world’s geopolitical and economic activities with unprecedented timeliness, Orbital Insight provides its customers in the commodities, infrastructure, energy, and public sector domains with unbiased and normalized datasets, empowering them to make better business and policy decisions. For more information, please visit