I cant believe that not more people are talking about this. This merger is a pure monopoly.
No there are other competitors, but they own the US govt market. The govt depends on them so will they try to cut off their own nose? I don't think so.
I dont think there are any other competitors who are taking satellite photos. This is a pure monopoly. barrier of entry to get in is huge. it costs a fortune to put a satellite in the sky. There are some governments but no one in the private sector