Maxar Technologies will test its Geospatial Cloud Analytics Hub under a potential $4.3M follow-on contract with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
The company said Wednesday the GCA Hub is an unclassified platform designed to help military users generate insights about the planet using machine learning and make decisions on various initiatives such as predicting food shortages.
“Maxar is proud that DARPA selected its GCA Hub for the testing phase of this program, demonstrating that solutions can be made faster for the end user when government harnesses commercial innovation,“ said Tony Frazier, executive vice president for the firm's global field operations and a 2019 Wash100 winner.
Maxar will offer technical support as 10 technical area 2 expert providers work to develop and train machine learning models in the GCA Hub to address DARPA-designated use cases.
Lockheed Martin, a TA2 provider working within the GCA Hub, received funding from DARPA to build a machine learning model to locate oil fracking sites using Maxar's WorldView optical satellite imagery and RADARSAT-2 synthetic aperture radar imagery.
Maxar developed the cloud-based hub for DARPA under a $3.2M contract awarded in September 2018.