Mon. Dec 4th, 2023
Spire Global Successfully Launches Eleven Satellites on SpaceX Transporter-9 Mission

Spire Global, a leading provider of space-based data, analytics, and space services, has achieved a significant milestone by successfully launching eleven satellites on the SpaceX Transporter-9 mission. This launch marks the largest number of Space Services customers for Spire on a single mission.

Ten of the satellites are dedicated to serving missions for Space Services customers, while the remaining satellite is for Spire’s own data and analytics solutions. The Spire-built satellites will be used for various missions focused on Earth observation, connectivity, and radio frequency (RF) intelligence, covering frequencies across VHF, X, S, L band, Ka, and Ku band.

One of the notable payloads onboard the launch is the GHGSat satellites. These satellites will monitor greenhouse gas emissions and feature the first commercial CO2 sensor, along with two sensors dedicated to methane monitoring. Another payload is the HiSky satellite, designed to showcase the capabilities of hiSky’s Smartellite™ ground network. This satellite will demonstrate the network’s ability to switch between geostationary and low Earth orbit satellites, providing connectivity options for IoT and high data rate transfers.

Jacobs, a leader in advanced manufacturing and critical infrastructure, has launched two satellites. These satellites are part of Jacobs Mango Series Payload (MSP) and will enable cost-effective and resilient RF signal detection and processing systems.

In addition, Spire has launched the Vindlér satellite constellation for SNC. This constellation consists of four satellites equipped with RF technology for detecting and geolocating objects based on targeted RF emissions.

The successful launch also includes Spire’s LEMUR 2 NANAZ satellite, which will track and gather information from terrestrial and space-based signals emitted by NGSO broadband internet constellations. This satellite aims to collect data for in-depth analyses of Ku and Ka-band spectrum usage.

The ten customer satellites were launched through a multi-launch agreement between Spire and Exolaunch, with access to the Transporter missions provided by SpaceX. Spire’s LEMUR 2 NANAZ satellite was manifested through D-Orbit onboard their OTV ION Satellite Carrier for last mile orbital transfer.

Spire’s Space Services enables organizations to deploy and scale their own satellite constellations quickly and reliably through a subscription model. This approach eliminates the high upfront costs associated with building and maintaining infrastructure in space.

The successful launch of these satellites showcases Spire’s commitment to enhancing data collection and analysis for a range of applications, including weather intelligence, global security, and business operations.