The Only Commercial Satellite Weather Data
Critical Weather Data
GPS Radio Occultation (GPS-RO) data “supercharges” forecasting models. Each occultation provides an incredibly accurate depiction of a slice of the atmosphere. When fed into existing models, this data increases short term forecast accuracy.
Plugging The US Weather Data Gap
Due to the age and loss of United States weather satellites, the US could face a severe reduction in satellite-based weather data. That data is critical to industries and people across North America and the world. Spire’s GPS-RO data offers to help by providing plentiful and accurate data - not just for the US but for entire globe.
Spire is the world’s first company to launch a fleet of commercial weather satellites. Shortly after announcing the only commercial radio occultation processing system, Spire also became the first company to receive a US government contract to provide private weather data to NOAA.
Spire developed Spire Stratos™ because our global need for accurate weather data has never been higher. With more people, more carbon emissions, and more extreme weather, the risks that weather poses to lives and livelihoods has grown immensely.
Fully Processed In-house
Spire has built the world’s first commercial radio occultation processing system. Each of the profiles that you see below were collected with a Spire satellite and processed with Spire’s processing system.
MORE DATA POINTS, MORE OFTEN
By utilizing a network of tens or hundreds of CubeSats with radio occultation payloads, the number of opportunities to receive radio occultations increases dramatically. Increased RO data points results better forecasts.
COMMERCIAL DATA: “And” not “Or”
You need fresh data no matter what time it is. That is why Spire operates teams on three continents. As the sun begins to set on one operations center, the sun is rising on another.
Extreme Weather on the Rise
Extreme weather threatens both lives and businesses. With the advent of climate change, extreme weather events continue to increase in frequency. Having adequate warning has never been more important.
Today was an important day for Spire and for the aviation industry as 4 new LEMUR2 satellites entered orbit carrying Spire’s new AirSafe payload alongside their usual suite of ship and weather tracking sensors. They begin the process of adding complete global plane tracking coverage to our constellation of nanosatellites.
The volcanic troubles in Hawaii refuse to abate. It has been two weeks since eruptions began at Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano, with the latest gigantic eruption last Thursday sending a further slew of ash 30,000ft (9,100m) into the sky, news that will cause consternation for a global airline industry that has been here before. You may remember Iceland 2010, when almost 20 countries closed their airspace to commercial aircraft traffic, affecting circa 10 million travellers over ash concerns. Volcanic ash plays havoc with airplane engines and must be avoided like the plague. Hawaii’s biggest island is effectively becoming a no-fly zone, because airlines don’t have enough reliable wind, weather, and ash data to safely operate in that airspace.
"Glasgow leads Britain's satellite space race" was the headline in a story that ran live on Sky News each hour on April 23rd. We had the unique opportunity to take Thomas Moore, Science Correspondent, through our Glasgow facility where we manufacture the satellites that provide our customers with data.
Learn about how we utilize data at Spire and how we funnel those into other platforms and mediums.
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