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Organization and Business

Organization and Business
9 Months Ended
Sep. 30, 2023
Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements [Abstract]  
Organization and Business
1. Organization and Business
BlackSky Technology Inc. (“BlackSky” or the “Company”), headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, is a leading provider of real-time geospatial intelligence. The Company owns and operates one of the industry's leading high-performance low earth orbit (“LEO”) small satellite constellations. The constellation is optimized to cost-efficiently capture imagery at high revisit rates where and when customers need it. The BlackSky Spectra software platform processes millions of observations a day from our proprietary satellite constellation and from multiple external data sources including imaging, radar and radio frequency satellites, environmental sensors, asset tracking sensors, Internet of Things (“IoT”) connected devices, internet-enabled narrative sources, and a variety of geotemporal data feeds. Blacksky Spectra employs advanced, proprietary artificial intelligence ("AI") and machine learning (“ML”) techniques to process, analyze, and transform these data feeds into alerts, information, and insights. Customers can access Blacksky Spectra's data and analytics through easy-to-use web services or through platform application programming interfaces.
BlackSky has two primary operating subsidiaries, BlackSky Global LLC and BlackSky Geospatial Solutions, Inc. The Company also owns fifty percent of LeoStella LLC (“LeoStella”), its joint venture with Thales Alenia Space US Investment LLC (“Thales”). LeoStella is a vertically-integrated small satellite design and manufacturer based in Tukwila, Washington, from which the Company procures satellites to operate its business. The Company accounts for LeoStella and X-Bow Launch Systems Inc. (“X-Bow”), a space technology company specializing in additive manufacturing of solid rocket motors of which BlackSky owns less than 20%, as equity method investments (see Note 6).
In November 2023, the Company sold its equity method investment in X-Bow and expects to recognize a gain on the disposal of the investment of $9.5 million.
The Company's equity issuances in the nine months ended September 30, 2023 included a private placement and an at-the-market (“ATM”) offering. In March 2023, the Company completed a private placement of 16.4 million of the Company’s Class A common stock and an equal number of corresponding warrants, for a purchase price of $1.79 per share and associated warrant. The Company received $29.4 million in gross proceeds from the private placement. The Company also sold 1.8 million common shares in its ATM offering, at an average purchase price per share of $1.59, resulting in gross proceeds of $2.9 million. The transaction costs for these equity issuances consisted of legal fees, accounting fees, placement agent fees, and other third-party costs directly related to the equity issuances. During the nine months ended September 30, 2023, $1.6 million of transaction costs that had been incurred were recorded as a reduction to additional paid-in capital in the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of changes in stockholders’ equity and unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets, and as a reduction to the proceeds from the transaction in the unaudited condensed consolidated statements of cash flows.
On May 9, 2023, BlackSky and its subsidiaries entered into the Second Amendment (the “Amendment”) to its Amended and Restated Loan and Security Agreement with Intelsat Jackson Holdings SA (“Intelsat”) and Seahawk SPV Investment LLC (“Seahawk”), dated October 31, 2019 and previously amended on September 9, 2021. The Amendment amended the secured loan facility to, among other things, extend the maturity date of the loan, roll the cash interest payment due on May 1, 2023 into the outstanding principal to be paid on the maturity date, and increase the interest rate. See Note 9 for more information regarding the Amendment.