Emissions Monitoring Firm Estuaire Contracts Spire for Flight Report Data

By Jeffrey Hill | September 20, 2023
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Spire Global was contracted by Estuaire to supply global aviation insights, including aircraft positional data.

Spire Global was contracted by Estuaire to supply global aviation insights, including aircraft positional data. (Photos: Jessica Reed)

Space-based data, analytics, and space services company Spire Global will supply aircraft positional data, as well as data from its Flight Report aggregation platform to Estuaire, an environmental data firm servicing the airline industry, under a new contract announced by the companies on Thursday. Spire’s Flight Report platform will give Estuaire access to hundreds of millions of daily satellite and terrestrial ADS-B positions combined with flight and aircraft data for post-flight analytics and reporting needs.

Recent studies show that aviation is responsible for 3.5% of climate change. Estuaire monitors and analyzes aviation CO2, non-CO2, and aircraft lifecycle emissions. The company said that by integrating Spire data into its products, it will now be able to provide precise and up-to-date analysis of flight routes, enabling the company and its customers to analyze aviation emissions.

“In order to measure the full climate impact of aviation, knowing real flight lengths, altitudes, and speeds is key,” Estuaire co-founder and CEO Maxime Meijers said in a statement. “Collaborating with Spire has allowed us deeper insights into each aircraft’s flight data to better establish a foundation for our climate metrics based on actual aircraft utilization.”

Financial details of the contract were not disclosed.

In July, Spire signed a deal with RDC Aviation to supply its satellite and terrestrial ADS-B positions to provide flight, aircraft, and airline metadata for RDC’s airport data product. Spire’s satellites use ADS-B signals to capture global aircraft movements from space, providing coverage during most flights where there is no ground-based tracking available, such as over oceans, deserts, or mountains. “Our partnership with RDC Aviation is a testament to the transformative potential of real-time and actionable data, and we look forward to driving innovation in the aviation industry together,” remarked Philip Plantholt, general manager of Aviation.

This week, Spire Global announced that it was awarded a $2.8 million contract by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) for satellite weather data over a 12-month period.

This article was originally published by sister publication Via Satellite. It has been edited.

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