Satellite launch and deployment service

Schedule flexibility and on-time delivery, with proven partners

Whether you are ready for lift-off or require guidance on securing the launch option that is right for your mission, the Spire team is ready to support your successful journey to orbit. For years, we have helped our business and partners find the ideal combination of altitude, orbital inclination, and a launch vehicle provider to match their mission’s budget, timeline, and requirements. Spire’s launch campaign management is key to our end-to-end space service.


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Experienced with diverse orbital parameters

Spire’s unparalleled launch services are designed to contribute to your success. From precise orbital placements through to ISS-based missions, we specialize in navigating the complexities of spaceflight. We prioritize speed and efficiency, sometimes organising launch campaigns in days, delivering the results you need for your mission. Navigate low Earth orbit effortlessly with our expertise, ensuring precise orbital placements every single time.

Spire launch history

For 11+ years, Spire has generated and leveraged expertise in Radio Frequency (RF) solutions to remarkable success. Our satellite launches have contributed to a legacy of reliable data delivery for clients via a network of pre-licensed, fully operational ground stations.

H-IIB Launch Vehicle Flight 2, launching H-II Transfer Vehicle


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The Orbital Sciences Corporation Antares rocket is seen as it launches from Pad-0A of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS) at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, Sunday, April 21, 2013. The test launch marked the first flight of Antares and the first rocket launch from Pad-0A. The Antares rocket delivered the equivalent mass of a spacecraft, a so-called mass simulated payload, into Earth's orbit. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls)


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Dnepr rocket launches


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Atlas V rocket at liftoff


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The Soyuz TMA-9 spacecraft launches


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A Rocket Lab Electron rocket lifts off


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A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket spacecraft lifts off

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Spire’s global launch network

Spire’s satellite constellation and ground station network ensure consistent, reliable data delivery. Our experience is bolstered by our authorization across multiple jurisdictions, allowing us to collect and transfer data. Our commitment to operational excellence positions Spire as a trusted partner for launching satellites from locations around the world, providing a strong foundation for global data connectivity.

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Spire's global launch locations map

Spire’s launch journey from Earth to orbit

Our experienced spaceflight team approaches each launch mission with a tailored perspective, supported by years of experience and expertise. From meticulous launch planning to seamless integration, through to the thrilling moment of lift-off, Spire works alongside you as partners to ensure that your satellites reach their orbital destination exactly as planned.



Manifest development

Spire continuously monitors the available launch vehicles and partners in the market, to cultivate a diverse manifest of available launch opportunities. Using our proprietary Rocket Reliability Metric (R3), we stack ranks launch companies on many metrics for choosing the right launch partner for you.


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Mission planning

We’ll analyze the requirements of your mission, considering unique objectives, payload characteristics, desired orbits, and export restrictions. We will also select and procure the appropriate satellite deployer for your mission. We undertake this planning with the end goal of catering to the mission timelines that are important to you.



Mission management

Our ongoing mission management allows us to take charge of the launch process. We will develop Interface Control Documents (ICD), coordinate launch schedules, develop onboarding software, and ensure your mission is executed smoothly.


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Spire Global engineer at satellite integration




Satellite integration

Once your satellite is manufactured, Spire will integrate it into the selected deployer, either in our end-to-end manufacturing facility, or on-site with the launch service provider. Our proven process ensures your satellites are securely connected and ready for the upcoming journey to orbit and subsequent deployment.



Export & logistics

For a successful lift-off, Spire and our deployment partner ensure that we get your spacecraft securely, reliably, and on time to the launch site. No matter the location of your launch site across the globe, you can rely on Spire’s delivery provider to meet your needs.


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Rocket launch




Lift off & checkout

Following a successful deployment in orbit, our satellite operations team manages the automated deployment and checkout of the satellite, ensuring your new space assets are safe and ready to commence your mission.

Deployer pod

Spire has experience in deploying over 175+ satellites via deployment pods, amounting to more than 35+ missions to date. This method adds increased security and protection due to the payload being further encapsulated, whilst ITAR-compliant and ITAR-free partners can select this solution. Spire has successfully worked with partners such as Exolaunch, NanoRacks, Rocket Lab, as well as a variety of national space agencies, to successfully launch satellites using pods.  Our multi-launch agreements often utilize this deployment method.

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Payload ring

Cost-effective payload attachment. An interface payload ring acts as a physical interface between satellites and the upper stage, designed to attach tertiary satellites and payload deployers. Spire offers this method of deployment for customers with larger satellites and strict mass budgets. A payload ring also provides an ideal option for irregular-sized payloads.

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Orbital transfer vehicle (OTV)

An OTV is an external propulsion unit that can deliver small satellites to precise orbits. While a typical “rideshare” mission acts like a train taking cargo to a commonly visited spot, an OTV is like a taxi travelling to an exact destination. Satellites can either be directly attached to the OTV, attached via an OTV payload ring, or housed inside payload deployers. The satellite can then be deployed when the location is reached by the OTV. Having worked with partners like D-Orbit for delivering satellites beyond launch to the precise desired orbit via orbital transfer vehicles, we can offer this option to our extensive launch capability list.

Photo by: D-Orbit

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    Launch strategy for constellations

    Spire’s prowess in satellite launches is unmatched. We advise on missions, launchers, orbits, sustainability, and solar activity effects. And, when it comes to constellation deployments, you can be sure of maximized efficiency and minimal risk with Spire’s expertise and forward-thinking planning.

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    Key launch drivers

    The driving force for launches is the mission’s ‘why’ and its most crucial requirements. Everything revolves around mission necessities. For that reason, Spire adopts a mission-centric approach, where every element of the launch is tailored to meet your requirements. Whether it is Earth observation, communication, or scientific research, you can be sure of a launch strategy personalized to your mission’s goals.

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    How do satellites operate in space?

    Once your constellation is in orbit and transmitting, Spire continues overseeing your satellites to ensure they work smoothly. Our built-for-purpose Constellation Management Platform ensures we can continually monitor your satellites in their designated orbit, establishing contact, scheduling tasks, performing manoeuvres when required, and much more, allowing you to focus on the consistent data stream being delivered from your mission. We ensure the high performance of your satellites and offer our support to fix any issues that may hinder efficiency.

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