Spire Global, a space-based data and services company, has introduced a web-based app called the Constellation Management Platform. This platform is designed to simplify satellite constellation operations for Spire’s customers. It provides a user-friendly interface for managing satellite operations and supports various use cases such as Earth observation, connectivity, radio frequency intelligence, and space domain awareness. According to Spire, this service enhances flexibility and accessibility in satellite management.
Frank Frulio, the general manager of Space Services at Spire, explained that the management of satellites requires continuous operation and communication, which usually requires a team of experts. However, Spire aims to simplify this process so that anyone can easily manage satellites and gain valuable insights. For example, this app can help insurance companies develop products that protect against climate change variables and provide utilities companies with accurate, real-time data for remote forestry management.
The development of the Constellation Management Platform was supported by a €1.5 million award from the European Space Agency (ESA) and additional support from the Luxembourg Space Agency (LSA). This web-based application will be available to customers who build, launch, and operate satellites using Spire’s Space Services. It will also be accessible to those who want to streamline and optimize the operations of their existing satellite constellations.
The platform is currently being tested by a customer and will continue to be developed until December 2024 as part of Spire’s contract with ESA. Spire Global is headquartered in Virginia with a presence in Scotland. They have manufacturing facilities in Glasgow that are building greenhouse gas monitoring satellites for GHGSat. Additionally, Spire operates a constellation of over 100 LEMUR cubesats.