Spire Expands Machine Learning and AI Efforts to Improve Predictive Data Capabilities
Satellite-as-a-service company extends machine learning, neural network, and AI processing efforts, aiming to boost weather forecasting, advanced modeling
VIENNA, Va. & RESTON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spire Global, Inc. (“Spire” or the “Company’) announced today significant breakthrough processing wins for the Company, having recently launched multiple novel computing platforms for artificial intelligence (“AI”) processing, including “Brain in Space”, an on-the-ground simulated testbed replicating Spire’s LEMUR 3U platform. The testbed includes multiple embedded edge AI/ML modules enabling users to test their own AI/machine learning (“ML”)-powered applications. Spire also revealed the use of a ML program called JUNO, which combines the results of multiple models into one prediction to boost its ensemble weather forecasting.
“We collect a vast amount of data each day from our global satellite constellation and other systems, so processing and leveraging that data efficiently is key. At our core, we are an Earth data analytics company that happens to gather our data from the ultimate vantage point—space,” said Spire CEO Peter Platzer. “We are combining several significant and complementary technologies to provide improved modeling across a range of applications and our proprietary data streams.”
With JUNO, Spire’s neural network compares numerous weather predictions with measurements and then implicitly determines how to rank each model’s results. Multiple weather variables and models are used to correct the forecasts’ biases, for instance, looking at the historical relationship between predicted and measured temperatures including how pressure, wind, humidity, and other conditions impacted the results.
“We want to provide customers with the most accurate models that we can, and their markets have different modeling needs and demands,” said Razvan Stefanescu, head of statistics and machine learning at Spire Weather. “These innovations help us deliver highly accurate, reliable and customized weather forecasts for that particular industry.”
Spire believes these AI solutions show potential in aiding multiple stages of its numerical weather prediction system, such as possibly helping with automated quality control, data assimilation and model errors, faster physics approximations, and improved optimizers, as well as assisting engineers and scientists with fine-tuning models.
With Spire’s Brain In Space simulated environment testbed, Spire and its customers are able to test how well AI/ML modules can support the development of advanced AI-enabled analytics and edge computing in space. Spire believes the testbed marks a step-change in the way small satellite constellations are operated and managed – paving the way for satellites to perform time-critical missions and make decisions autonomously, without increasing bandwidth and other precious on-board resources. Spire has already successfully demonstrated the use of ML capabilities in orbit using some of the modules on the testbed.
Spire’s systems improve as they receive more data, a positive feedback loop fueled by Spire’s more than 100 nanosatellites in orbit that gather observations around the world. These satellites already make radio occultation measurements, collecting detailed atmospheric data that can help reduce weather forecasting errors. As Spire launches more devices and capabilities, the constellation will produce more information, making efficient processing capabilities increasingly important.
About Spire Global, Inc.
Spire is a global provider of space-based data and analytics that offers unique datasets and powerful insights about Earth from the ultimate vantage point so organizations can make decisions with confidence, accuracy, and speed. Spire uses one of the world’s largest multi-purpose satellite constellations to source hard to acquire, valuable data and enriches it with predictive solutions. Spire then provides this data as a subscription to organizations around the world so they can improve business operations, decrease their environmental footprint, deploy resources for growth and competitive advantage, and mitigate risk. Spire gives commercial and government organizations the competitive advantage they seek to innovate and solve some of the world’s toughest problems with insights from space. Spire has offices in San Francisco, CA, Boulder, CO, Washington DC, Glasgow, Luxembourg, and Singapore. On March 1, 2021 Spire announced plans to go public through an anticipated business combination with NavSight Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: NSH), to be traded on the NYSE under the ticker symbol “SPIR.” To learn more, visit spire.com.
About NavSight Holdings, Inc.
NavSight Holdings, Inc. is a blank check company formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, capital stock exchange, asset acquisition, stock purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses. NavSight was organized with the opportunity to pursue a business combination target in any business or industry, with the intent to focus its search on identifying a prospective target business that provides expertise and technology to U.S. government customers in support of their national security, intelligence and defense missions.
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