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Most Innovative Companies

Spire

When the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced its first contracts for commercial weather satellites in September 2016, Spire was one of the two companies it picked. The startup uses a small fleet of shoebox-size CubeSats—Spire calls them “Lemurs”—to measure GPS signals that get deflected by Earth’s atmosphere as a way to more accurately gauge temperature, pressure, and humidity (the technical term for the technique is GPS Radio Occultation). Begun as a Kickstarter idea, the company has since secured $66.5 million in funding from investors who believe the company’s solution, which is already producing 100,000 weather models per day, could save businesses billions of dollars by more accurately predicting the weather. Helping them to fulfill the mission is Dr. Alexander MacDonald, the former director of NOAA’s largest research facility, who joined the company in April 2016. 

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