VIENNA, Virginia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spire Global, Inc. (NYSE: SPIR) (“Spire” or “the Company”), a leading global provider of space data, analytics and services, today announced that it has been awarded a contract extension for $6 million over 12 months from NASA to continue its involvement with the agency Commercial Smallsat Data Acquisition Program (CSDA).
Spire will continue to provide a comprehensive catalog of Earth observation data, associated metadata and ancillary information from its constellation of more than 100 versatile satellites. The data provided will include:
- Areal dataGNSS grazing angle reflectometry (GNSS-R) data from Speyer, to measure sea ice extent, classification and altimetry, soil moisture and wind speed at the surface of the ocean ;
- Atmospheric dataSpeyer GNSS Radio Occultation Soundings (GNSS-RO), for weather forecasting models to improve the accuracy of global weather forecasts;
- Space Weather providing electron density and scintillation measurements that allow researchers to monitor the ionosphere as well as prepare for and respond to weather events in space; and
- Domain knowledge including satellite state vector, altitude and precise orbit determination (POD) data to correct errors in orbital drag models.
Spire data will be available for scientific purposes to all federal agencies, NASA-funded researchers, and US government-funded researchers.
“The CSDA program provides Earth observation data that is critical to the efforts of U.S. government agencies and researchers working to solve some of the biggest challenges we face, such as climate change,” said Chuck Cash, Vice President of Federal Sales, Speyer. “The program is a great example of how partnership between the private and public sectors can accelerate our path towards building a better and more sustainable future.”
NASA launched the CSDA program in 2017 with the goal of acquiring commercial datasets that support NASA’s Earth science research and application goals. Commercial datasets provide a cost-effective way to augment the suite of Earth observations acquired by NASA, other U.S. government agencies, and international partners and agencies.
“NASA is continuing its relationship with Spire Global through the CSDA program for another year. This data continues to be leveraged by NASA and its funded researchers, as well as other U.S. government partners,” said Will McCarty, CSDA program scientist at NASA Headquarters. “We are exploiting these observations to better understand the physical processes associated with our Earth’s atmosphere and surface, as well as to observe and understand solar space weather at the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and space.”
Spire will provide continuous access to 12 months of radio occultation data with a latency of 30 days. These data will be archived and maintained by NASA in the Smallsat Data Explorer (SDX) database of the CSDA program. Federal agencies and US government-funded researchers can request access to data through the CSDA Program Trade Datasets Webpage.
About Spire Global, Inc.
Spire (NYSE: SPIR) is a leading global provider of space data, analytics and space services, providing access to unique datasets and powerful information about Earth from the ultimate vantage point to that organizations can make decisions with confidence, accuracy and speed. . Spire uses one of the largest constellations of general-purpose satellites in the world to obtain valuable data that is difficult to acquire and enriches it with predictive solutions. Spire then provides this data as a subscription to organizations around the world so they can improve business operations, reduce their environmental footprint, deploy resources for growth and competitive advantage, and mitigate risk. Spire gives commercial and government organizations the competitive edge as they seek to innovate and solve some of the world’s toughest problems with space-based insights. Spire has offices in San Francisco, Boulder, Washington DC, Ontario, Glasgow, Oxfordshire, Luxembourg and Singapore. To learn more, visit www.spire.com.