Spire is a provider of satellite-powered data and analytics solutions intended to offer real-time global coverage of every point on Earth. The company uses programmable and reprogrammable radio frequency sensors to track maritime mobility, aviation, and weather tracking data through its multi-purpose constellation of satellites, providing organizations with maritime, aviation, earth information, orbital services and weather predictions.
Spire's weather satellites gather weather data with the aid of the radio waves beamed down to Earth by navigational satellites, such as those used for GPS systems or Europe's navigational satellites. As those radio waves move through the atmosphere, they are refracted. Exactly how the waves are diffracted depend on atmospheric properties such as temperature and humidity.
Spire's satellites observe those radio waves and measure their diffraction, and the company is able to determine the temperature and pressure at different points in the atmosphere. That data can then be used to produce weather forecasts. Spire's satellites are also capable of collecting data from beneath the earth's surface.
These satellites compose Spire's Orbital Service designed to accommodate customer payloads of sensors designed for customer's data needs. This is part of their "Space-to-Cloud" data services. Spire has launched more than 100 satellites. Spire is able to launch new satellites every 60 to 90 days. The company says their satellites offer end-to-end encryption of sensor data, offer low data latency through over 30 ground stations receiving the data, and are able to produce 1 satellite every 10 days.
Spire's wholly owned constellation of nanosatellites, global ground station network, and 24/7 operations provide real-time global coverage of every point on Earth over 100 times per day. This creates a large data set behind Spire's data analytics, which allow Spire to identify and track movement of the world's resources and weather systems for business decision support, the reduction of operational risks, and to support research and development projects.
Spire's enhanced position data fills gaps in areas out of reach of existing ADS-B data collection. With more than 130,000,000 position reports a day from over land and sea. Spire offers customized data set for user needs in the maritime, aviation, weather, orbital services and earth information sectors.
Spire offers APIs which allow developers to search and customize the data they need for research and operations. For maritime data, an agency can look up a specific vessel or region for unusual activity. Spire also offers processed GPS-RO weather data through the API. An agricultural company can use the forecasts offered through the API to plan their operations. And Aircraft operators get the same level of filtering.
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