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How Does Spire Measure Value Creation?

Value Creation is the cash flow per employee times the number of people affected by products.

You can measure a company in many different ways. Economists and educators measure social impact, revenue, number of customers, company size, and a litany of other factors. Spire thinks more holistically about value. Products like Stratos and Sense reach far into nearly every part of the economy. Shipping and weather are two incredibly large variables in economies, products, energy, and more. It is very clear that a metric with a single dimension is not enough.

Milestones

September 2016

NOAA Awards Spire First Commercial Weather Contract

The first ever commercial weather contract from NOAA was awarded to Spire. Spire will provide GPS-RO data from its constellation of satellites.

July 2016

Satellite Building At New Levels

The manufacturing team reaches a milestone of producing up to two satellites per week (working on up to eight at once).

March 2016

Nine Additional LEMUR-2's Reach Orbit

Nine LEMUR-2 satellites reached orbit aboard an Atlas-5. One satellite (LEMUR2-BECCADEWEY) returned sooner than expected after a failure in the rocket's CubeSat deployer.

January 2016

Spire Opens Boulder Office

Spire opened its second US office in Boulder, Colorado. The office mainly focuses on Spire's Stratos product and weather initiatives.

September 2015

First US Commercial Satellites to Launch from India

Launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center on India’s east coast, the PSLV launched Spire's first four LEMUR-2 spacecraft.

February 2015

Opened Glasgow Office

Spire opens its second international office. Glasgow has become a hub for satellite manufacturing. Spire also rents a beautiful house for visiting employees overlooking Kelvingrove Park.

February 2015

Spire Announces Weather Product

Spire announces the collection of weather data via its upcoming constellation –– not only filling the U.S. Weather data gap, but also providing accurate temperature, pressure, and humidity profiles on the entire Earth.

July 2014

Opened Singapore Office

Singapore is one of the world's busiest shipping ports. It's closeness to clients in Asia, english-speaking population, and wonderful culture make it ideal for Spire's first international office.

July 2014

$25M Series A & Name Change

Nanosatisfi announces the raise of a $25M series –– one of the largest in Silicon Valley history and a name change to Spire.

June 2014

Lemur-1 Launch

Lemur-1 launches on a Dnepr rocket and is released into Low Earth Orbit. It paves the way for Spire's complete constellation by providing a test bed for both satellite and ground station features.

May 2014

Delivery of Lemur-1

The Lemur-1 prototype is the first satellite to incorporate all the learnings from Ardusat-1, Ardusat-X, and Ardusat-2. It's a huge step forward, both in computing power and sensing power over the previous generation satellite.

January 2014

Expansion Continues, New Office #2 / ARDUSAT-2 Launch

In January 2014, we moved from a small (1200 square foot) office into a larger (3500 square foot) office in SoMa. At about 15 people, there was plenty of room to stretch out.

November 2013

Ardusat-1 and Ardusat-X Make History

Ardusat-1 and Ardusat-X are flung into space -– making them the world's first crowdfunded satellites to reach orbit. They re-entered the atmosphere between April 15th, 2014 and April 16th, 2014.

July 2013

First Company Outing

The team, then 12 (including 3 interns), heads to Point Reyes to disconnect from technology and cook over a campfire. How many engineers does it take to properly cook raw meat? We're still not sure.

June 2013

Delivery of Ardusat-1 and Ardusat-X

The delivery of Ardusat-1 and Ardusat-X was triumphant (exhausting). It was once said that the only thing that could have come between the delivery of Ardusat-1 and Ardusat-X was an energy drink shortage. The moment that our company's first two satellites were completed and delivered, our small engineering team took a much needed nap.

March 2013

Company Gets its First Real Office

After hiring it's first few employees, the company moves out of Lemnos Labs into their own office on 8th St. in San Francisco.

March 2013

Company Wins Best Demo Pit @ Launch Conference

Despite the company's first employees being with the company about a week, they impress the judges at Launch Conference. With just minutes to prepare, Peter jumps onto the stage to introduce the hall to Ardusat.

February 2013

$1M Seed Funding

Nanosatisfi raises $1M in funding from angel and VC investors.

September 2012

Company Joins Lemnos Labs Hardware Incubator

The company moves into Lemnos Labs, the hardware incubator, in San Francisco.

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A Data Driven Organization

"If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it."
Nick Allain, Spire, PR & Brand

Modeling & Simulation

Modeling and simulation play a key role in how Spire deploys its resources. A custom built Monte Carlo model helps us maintain inventory for launches and the in-house Constellation Analysis Tool (CAT) helps predict how ground stations or satellites will affect refresh time and latency.

Constantly Evolving Business Practices

Spire always finds new ways to measure and adapt. Practices from agile software development, scrum, kanban, organizational theory books and other companies have been integrated into a company-wide Objectives & Key Results (OKR) system that measures Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).

Do things that matter

Exponential thinking and impact should go side by side. Humans are predisposed to think linearly. Spire challenges people to think more like the exponentially advancing technology that they work on and to do things that have a tangible positive impact on people's lives.


How do we make an impact?

Three quarters of our planet is either ocean or uninhabited land. That leaves the ships, people, and equipment navigating those remote areas nearly untraceable. Spire uses its satellites to bring those dark zones into the light.


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