Spire Global, a global provider of space-based data, analytics and space services, has announced that it was awarded a study contract by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) for commercial radio frequency (RF) remote sensing.
The contract is a part of the NRO’s Strategic Commercial Enhancements program. Spire’s RF data will be used by the agency to evaluate how commercial radio frequency (RF) will be integrated into its overhead architecture. The contract demonstrates the agency’s commitment to continuously evaluate new capabilities and embrace commercial geospatial providers.
“The remote sensing technique of monitoring radio frequency signals plays a crucial role in gathering intelligence through GNSS jamming detection and geolocation, as well as providing an objective and transparent view into the movement of vessels and aircraft,” said Chuck Cash, Vice President of Federal Sales, Spire. “I’m thrilled to see the NRO recognize the value of RF data and incorporate it into its commercial acquisition strategy.”
Spire’s constellation of more than 100 multipurpose satellites monitors radio frequency signals to provide data and analytics on global maritime, aviation, and weather activity. The company operates over 40 satellites with geolocation capabilities that can identify the power, location, and directionality of GPS jamming events. Spire provides data to U.S. military branches and federal agencies such as USSF, USN, NRO, NGA, NASA and NOAA. Most recently, the company announced a $9.9 million contract with NOAA to deliver satellite weather data, a $4 million contract with NOAA to deliver a Hyperspectral Microwave Sensing Payload, and a $6 million NASA contract extension for Earth observation data.
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