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Spire to expand fleet and offer global aircraft tracking

16 Oct 2019, 11:00 UTC
Spire to expand fleet and offer global aircraft tracking
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SAN FRANCISCO – Spire Global plans to nearly double its satellite constellation and offer customers AirSafe API, a global aircraft tracking product that combines data from sensors in space and on the ground.
“The aviation industry has a big need to be able to track all the world’s aircraft including in the areas with the largest economic growth: Southeast Asia, Africa, Latin America, where the infrastructure is very limited,” Spire CEO Peter Platzer told SpaceNews. “They need to track aircraft not just from an operational efficiency perspective but also from a safety perspective and from a regulatory perspective.”
On Oct. 16, Spire rolled out the first of stages of AirSafe, the first Spire Aviation product. Spire already obtains more than 70 million daily aircraft position reports. To offer global aircraft tracking as well as rapid reporting, Spire will need to add another 70 or 80 satellites to its current fleet of 84 satellites, Platzer said.
“This is the first step in a very clearly defined and well-funded rollout of Spire’s plan to provide to the aviation industry a cost-effective and innovative product for tracking” an aircraft’s latitude, longitude, altitude and time every 15 minutes, Platzer said. “The API we released ...

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