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Spire data familiarization phase for the Earthnet Third Party Mission programme

21 November 2018

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ESA and Spire are pleased to announce the opportunity to freely access, up to March 2019, through the Third Party Mission programme, 6 different samples of global Spire satellite data. The data collected by Spire has a diverse range of applications, from analysis of global trade patterns and commodity flows to aircraft routing to weather forecasting. The data also provides interesting research opportunities on topics as varied as ocean currents and GNSS-based planetary boundary layer height. 

ESA promotes this opportunity as a data familiarization phase before the potential formal integration into the Third Party Mission programme of the ESA Earthnet activities.

The data will be accessible directly via the Spire delivery system.

Find detailed information about the satellite constellation and products on the Spire mission and dataset description pages.

Spire Satellite

Spire's constellation is composed of 60+ nanosatellites that are designed, built and operated by Spire. With a diversified launch manifest and the capacity to build up to two satellites per week, Spire's constellation continues to grow.

All of Spire's satellites have three onboard software defined radio payloads that were built in-house. The satellites are in low-earth orbit at various inclinations, including equatorial, sun-synchronous, and inclinations in between, which provides global coverage and the ability to listen to every spot on earth more than 100 times per day.

Data offer

Spire is making available a sample of global data in a 24-hour period.  Possible applications for the full data sets include:

Data Set


Automatic Identification System (AIS)

Supply chain analysis, commodity trading, identification of illegal fishing or dark targets, ship route and fuel use optimization, analysis of global trade patterns, anti-piracy, autonomous vessel software, ocean currents

Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B)

Fleet management, ICAO regulatory compliance, route optimization, predictive maintenance

Total Electron Content (TEC)

Ionospheric modelling

Ionospheric Scintillation Indices

GNSS position error, earthquake precursor detection

GNSS Radio Occultation (GNSS-RO)

Weather forecasting, turbulence detection, detection and monitoring of volcanic clouds, estimating planetary boundary layer height

Magnetometer Data

Earthquake precursor detection, building magnetosphere models