About Spire

Learn more about Spire’s mission and history.

Covering the earth 24/7

Founded in 2012 on the principle that data can change the world, Spire Global founders mapped out a plan to build and manage a constellation of nanosatellites. These satellites would collect data about the earth and beyond.

At Spire, we work every day because we believe predictive analytics show patterns that can change the future. We care about the universe and take great care to make sure we leave the environment as it was when we arrived.

We operate six offices on three continents and foster creativity and collaboration among our teams. We deliver solutions for industry problems and we deliver them in a way that is easy to understand and decipher. The pace of business today moves quickly, and we like to stay one step ahead of what our customers need.

Our mission

Spire Global’s mission is to inspire, lead and create the business of Earth Observation for the benefit of all. With operations all over the world, Spire maintains 24/7 coverage of the entire Earth

Our data & services

 


A BRIEF HISTORY

February 2012

Peter, Joel and Jeroen sat in a cafe in Strasbourg, France, brought together from three different countries by the International Space University. There, they scribbled down the genesis of Spire Global’s mission: use nanosatellites to change the way we gather data about our planet, then put it into the hands of people that will have the biggest positive impact.

June 2012

Spire was founded in June 2012 (as nanosatisfy) in San Francisco by International Space University graduates Peter Platzer, Jeroen Cappaert and Joel Spark as part of ArduSat

June 2012

Spire raised $106,330 through KickStarter

July 2012

Tests were conducted for early prototypes conducted through a high-altitude balloon

November 2012

Spire signs an agreement with NanoRacks for the deployment of two satellites in what was to become “the first U.S. Commercial Satellite Deployment from the International Space Station”

February 2013

Spire joins Lemmos Labs incubator

February 2013

Spire raised investments totaling $1.5M in a seed round by Shasta Ventures, Lemnos Labs, E-merge, Grishin Robotics, and Beamonte Investments

November 2013

ArduSat-1 and ArduSat-X (1U CubeSats) were successfully released from the Kibo Experiment Module of the International Space Station and quickly started transmitting data to Spire servers.

July 2014

Spire announced a follow-up $25M Series A funding round led by Will Porteous from RRE Ventures and backed by Emerge, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment, and Mousse Partners Capital.

August 2014

Spire opened its Singapore office and started steadily increasing its network of ground stations.

February 2015

Spire opened an office in Glasgow, UK, to mass produce satellites, initially leveraging Clyde Space’s facilities. The city was chosen to leverage the local know-how of what is widely considered the leading European ecosystem in small satellite production and establish a first foothold in Europe.

June 30 2015

Spire announced a $40 Million Series B led by Promus Ventures with participation from Bessemer Venture Partners and Jump Capital in order to help finance the first batches of LEMUR satellites.

September 2015

The first LEMUR-2 were launched through the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-XL, making Spire the first US-based operator to launch from India. This launch inaugurated the Spire tradition to leave the naming of each satellite to employees, with the first 3 LEMUR christened respectively Joel, Peter and Jeroen after the company’s co-founders.

December 2015

Spire opens its own full-fledged cleanroom for satellite manufacturing in Glagow, UK

January 2016

Spire opens a second U.S campus in Boulder, Colorado

September 2016

Spire participates in the inaugural Commercial Weather Data Pilot program of the U.S National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

December 2017

Spire closed the year by completing a $70M Series C led by the Government of Luxembourg (through its national Luxembourg Future Fund).

January 2018

Spire participated in the first flight of Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket.

February 2018

Spire opened its second European campus in Luxembourg, enabling the company’s access to regional talent and facilities.

January 2019

Spire And ICEYE team up to offer AIS fused with SAR as a solution for tracking illegal maritime activity.

February 2019

Spire launched it’s first business unit Spire Maritime.

April 2019

Spire launches it’s 100th satellite into orbit.

September 2019

Spire raises $40M in new funding from strategic partners including ITOCHU, Mitsui, and Scottish Investment Bank and financial investors led by the GPO Fund, Perennial Value Management Limited, and Bessemer Ventures. Existing investors RRE Capital, Expon Capital, Seraphim Capital and Qualcomm Ventures also participated, among others.

September 2019

Spire launches it’s second business unit Spire Weather, helping customers across all industries and governments tackle ever more frequent and extreme weather events in this era of climate change.

October 2019

Spire launches it’s third business unit Spire Aviation

November 2019

Spire opens Washington DC office to grow the federal team

January 2020

Spire launches Dynamic AIS™, a ground-breaking product that provides unprecedented visibility on the world’s busiest shipping routes

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Improving the world,
one satellite at a time.

We build and own our satellites. Our hardware and software are constantly evolving and we launch more satellites each year.

At Spire, we believe smarter satellites and more ground stations mean better coverage and higher quality data for our customers. Our mission is to solve challenges across multiple industries with our easy to use APIs. Spire monitors signals that can only be detected from space and we’re constantly broadening our reach.

 
  • Software-defined
    sensors

    Spire collects data with sensors that are programmable and re-programmable when in orbit. It’s applying Moore’s Law to space, making sure Spire’s sensors are as up to date as the latest cellphone.

  • Quantity
    over size

    Spire collects data where the number – not the size – of sensors matters. Each LEMUR satellite can hold multiple sensors, and with more than 60 in orbit, Spire has an enormous network of sensors so data is updated more often. Spire makes physics work in its favor.

  • Global
    coverage

    Spire collects data where no one else can. We capture radio frequencies in remote and inaccessible locations where ground-based receivers can’t reach. With operations all over the world, Spire maintains 24/7 coverage of the Earth.


Meet our Team

With founders from three different countries, Spire was a global company right from the start. Our Executive Team creates an environment where every team member can contribute, collaborate, and have their ideas heard.

OUR EXECUTIVE TEAM

 

“The biggest generational challenge we face as a people is climate change and how it impacts our weather. Our breakthrough technology collects more data of higher quality than anyone thought possible on such a small platform.”

Peter Platzer
Peter Platzer
Spire Global CEO

Offices around the world

With offices on three continents, we think there is place for everyone at Spire. Each office offers a unique culture that builds on our belief that work should be collaborative, creative, and backed by science.

Our offices

Working at Spire

Our global workforce believes that innovation is a team effort. We offer a generous benefits package and promote from within because we know our employees have a relentless desire for self-improvement, in and out of the office.

Spire’s company culture