“The skies will darken with satellites” –GEOINT director

Robert Cardillo made a daring prediction Wednesday night: The skies will soon darken, he said, and usher in the golden age of democratized geospatial intelligence.

“The skies — really space — will darken with hundreds of small [satellites] to be launched by Skybox, Planet Labs, BlackSky and others,” Cardillo, director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, said at a dinner sponsored by the Intelligence and National Security Alliance. It is part of a technological “future in which everything and everyone is interconnected and geospatial data is democratized and available to everyone,” he said.

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