Aurora Insight, which provides radio frequency data and advanced analytics about wireless activity, has received a strategy investment from Maxar Technologies
[MAXR], which built and operates the Worldview Legion constellation of earth observation satellites to provide geospatial intelligence products and services to a range of customers.
The value of the investment wasn’t disclosed.
The investment opens a path for Maxar to eventually acquire Aurora, Daniel Jablonsky, Maxar’s president and CEO, said during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call last week.
Aurora last week said the investment will help it accelerate its development of satellite technology. The Denver-based company has several satellites on orbit for analyzing terrestrial wireless signals. The company’s government and commercial customers use Aurora for information on spectrum and wireless networks.
In addition to accelerating its satellite technology work, Aurora said Maxar’s investment will help it expand its product offerings and enter new markets. The companies plan to integrate Aurora’s RF spectrum mapping with Maxar’s geospatial solutions to develop RF-enhanced geospatial intelligence solutions for government and commercial customers.
“We are thrilled to embark on this new partnership with Maxar because it is a natural extension of Aurora Insight’s vision to build a continually updating RF map of the world,” Jennifer Insight, Aurora’s co-founder and CEO, said in a statement. “By combining Aurora Insight’s spectrum data with Maxar’s high-resolution imagery, AI analytics and 3-D capabilities, we can unlock new opportunities to support customers with valuable data in the 5G era and beyond.”