The KeyW Holding Corporation (NASDAQ:KEYW) has selected Spire Global, Inc.’s hosted payload service to rapidly validate several of KeyW’s next-generation Innovative Space (InSpace) technologies — Spire’s hosted payload service will also enable KeyW to rapidly deploy larger constellations, as appropriate.
Spire operates one of the largest constellations of smallsats and a network of Earth stations to collect shipping, aircraft and weather data from around the world. Spire also hosts the payloads of third parties on its satellites as part of its “Space-as-a-Service” product.
KeyW CEO Bill Weber said that the company is focused on validating the firm's next-generation technologies in space to open additional high margin, revenue-generation opportunities for the company's advanced technologies. By leveraging Spire’s reliable, proven and cost-effective capability, KeyW intends to demonstrate speed and innovation in delivering high priority intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solutions to core customers.
Spire CEO Peter Platzer added that this contract reflects the firm's mission to inspire, lead, and create the business of Earth Observation for the benefit of all. The KeyW InSpace initiative is the first of what will be many opportunities for Spire’s Orbital Services to provide fast and cost-effective access to space that comes from using the most scalable satellite platforms available today.