Spire: With optical inter-satellite links we can limit constellation size; Sierra Nevada, North Star show 3rd-party promise

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Small-satellite multi-payload constellation operator Spire Global’s current 100-plus fleet will not need to expand, and may even reduce in size, now that the company is integrating inter-satellite links into the network, Spire Chief Executive Peter Platzer said.

Spire, whose satellites are built in Scotland, has not provided size, weight and power specifications for its in-house-built optical inter-satellite terminals, which entered service in 2021. Platzer has said the company has no intention of making a profit center out of laser terminal production.

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