Spire Global Included in NASA X-59 Silent Supersonic Flight Community Test Contract
VIENNA, Virginia – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) –Spire Global, Inc. (NYSE: SPIR) (“the Company” or “Spire”), a leading provider of space-based space data, analysis and services, today announced that it has been included in as a subcontractor in an award contract between Harris Miller Miller & Hanson Inc. (HMMH) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). The award supports a nationwide campaign of community-based flyover tests using NASA’s X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology research aircraft.
With a maximum potential value of approximately $ 29 million and a performance period of eight years, the award is a cost plus fixed fee contract, indeterminate delivery / indeterminate quantity. The scope of work focuses on supporting NASA in phases two and three of its Low boom flight demonstration mission. Phase Two will include preparation and planning for Phase Three where NASA will fly the X-59 aircraft over communities and ask residents to share their response to the sound the aircraft generates during supersonic flight.
Spire will support HMMH and NASA by quantifying a number of variables that impact noise exposure, which will impact residents’ responses to the sonic boom of the X-59 Quiet SuperSonic Technology research aircraft.
Spire will provide weather data and forecasts enhanced by data from its constellation of satellites. Spire will collect and share data on winds, pressure, humidity and temperature; all the factors that play a crucial role in the propagation of sonic boom waves and the potential minimization of the boom to the ground.
“As NASA develops technology and supersonic planes, we join them in recognizing the need to reduce the hearing impact on citizens and appreciate the opportunity to support the agency and HMMH on this project,” said Theresa Condor, COO, Spire Global. “Our industry-leading weather data and forecasting capabilities align with research into reducing the impact of the sonic boom, and we hope to continue to support these initiatives in the future.”
Kurt M. Hellauer, Director of Federal Programs and HMMH’s Program Manager for this contract, said, “We thank NASA for their confidence in our team and the opportunity to support the agency’s vital work in advancing the science behind supersonic flight and pave the way for new entrants to the national airspace system.
NASA will share community feedback and X-59 acoustic data collected during flights with U.S. and international regulators to help inform decisions regarding the new sound-based rules for supersonic flights over land.
Additional subcontractors on award include: Blue Ridge Research and Consulting, LLC; Westat inc.; EMS Brüel & Kjær Inc. dba Envirosuite; Hampton University Center for Atmospheric Sciences (CAS); Senzig Engineering; and Crown Council Inc.
About Spire Global, Inc.
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