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January 16th, 2018

Spire Global, a SmallSat Company, Joins the Ranks as Newest Executive Member of Satellite Industry Association

There's a new member at the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) further validating news of the association's rapid growth of membership — an expansion of 25 percent over the past 18 months due to small satellite innovation and LEO constellations.

The newest SIA member is Spire Global Inc. (Spire).  Executive Members of SIA hold a seat on the Association’s Board of Directors with full voting privileges, and Company representatives may be elected to serve as officers of the Association. 

Spire is prominent in the small satellite market, offering a lineup of satellite-based meteorological, maritime, and aircraft monitoring products as well as hosted payload services.  To provide these services, Spire has a growing satellite constellation and global ground station network.  As of today, it has manufactured and deployed 50+ low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites and operates 25 ground stations globally.  Spire recently successfully completed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Commercial Weather Data Pilot and announced satellite data agreements with other organizations to improve maritime domain awareness and track and monitor global commercial fishing activity.

Tom Stroup, SIA’s President said that SIA is very pleased to welcome Spire and their small satellite and global data network expertise to the Association’s executive board, and that small or nanosatellite innovation is compelling and the market for services generated by such spacecraft is growing as demonstrated by Spire’s commercial weather data agreement with NOAA and recent announcement regarding global maritime vessel monitoring. The addition of Spire and other companies who have launched, or are planning to launch, multiple small and nanosatellite LEO constellations further strengthens SIA’s role of effectively advocating on behalf of the entire U.S. satellite industry regarding policy, regulatory, and legislative matters.

The first ever commercial weather contract from NOAA was awarded to Spire. Spire will provide GPS-RO data from its constellation of satellites.

Peter Platzer, Spire’s CEO added that collaboration is as important today as it has ever been in the satellite industry, so they’re incredibly excited to be contributing their unique experience in nanosatellites and Earth observation issues as an Executive Member. Spire looks forward to helping shape a holistic industry perspective as the U.S. and other administrations begin contemplating changes to licensing regimes, spectrum management, and orbital debris rules. He continued that Spire is excited to take the next step in their growth as a leader in commercial satellite technology and help shape industry positions for years to come.

SIA is a full-service trade association that represents commercial satellite companies as the unified voice of the U.S. satellite industry on policy, regulatory and legislative issues affecting the satellite business.  For more information regarding SIA membership and a complete list of SIA member categories and benefits.