San Francisco, Calif - [September 16, 2016] - Spire was awarded a contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) as part of the government's Commercial Weather Data Pilot. Under this pilot program, Spire will provide GPS Radio Occultation (GPS-RO), a critical weather data type, to NOAA for evaluation. The data evaluation process is a necessary first step before any future procurement of commercially-provided weather data for operational use in NOAA's weather forecast.
"By initiating and evolving a constructive dialogue, and launching real satellites that collect real weather data, we have helped NOAA establish the foundation of a vibrant public-private partnership," explained Antoine de Chassy, VP of Business Development. "We applaud NOAA's efforts in running an efficient and transparent process, and we look forward to proving ourselves as a trusted provider of environmental information to the US Government."
Spire operates a growing constellation of multi-sensor nanosatellites that collect global GPS-RO weather data. That data, collected using signals from global positioning satellites, is widely used in global weather forecasts. It provides critical measurements of atmospheric temperature, pressure, and moisture that reduces forecast error and bias in weather models.
“Our weather and climate is truly global. Today’s weather in Southeast Asia can affect weather in the US within a week. Having reliable, global, and accurate weather data has an incredible impact on our economies and lives” said Spire CEO, Peter Platzer. “GPS-RO is a proven technology, but this contract allows Spire to show NOAA its commitment to an efficient and productive public-private partnership.”
Studies from the European Center for Medium-range Weather Forecasting, as well as other leading weather research centers have shown the value that greater volumes of GPS-RO will have a significant positive impact on weather model accuracy. Spire intends for its data to complement the data provided by existing government-owned satellites, to realize a common goal of more accurate weather forecasts for the benefit and safety of businesses and society.