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.
Space is hard, and launch is even harder. But yesterday, Rocket Lab achieved an almost unprecedented success last Saturday with “It’s Business Time,” the company’s first commercial launch carrying small satellites from all over the world. This launch is an industry first, as the first commercial mission for a launch vehicle designed and dedicated specifically to putting small satellites like ours in orbit. This launch illustrates how the industry is embracing smaller, cheaper rockets designed specifically to accommodate the growing small satellite industry.
We're excited to be working with NOAA again as part of their Commercial Weather Data Pilot Program. With the expansion of our Boulder, CO office and the hard work of our weather team, we're ready to supply even more data to support government science and weather prediction initiatives.
At the Small Satellite Conference in Utah last week, Spire announced it signed a multi-launch contract with Arianespace to launch one of our largest batches of LEMUR satellites to-date. In 2019, Spire will ride on Vega’s proof of concept mission as part of ESA’s Small Spacecraft Mission Service program, with the option to book additional flights afterward.
Learn about how we utilize data at Spire and how we funnel those into other platforms and mediums.
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