The collection_type  and source values attached to some AIS messages are additional metadata provided on behalf of Spire. (These values are not reported by ships or within the AIS standard.)

Collection Type

Possible values for collection_type

There are two possible values:

  • "collection_type": "satellite" : The AIS message was collected by a Spire satellite.
  • "collection_type": "terrestrial"  : The AIS message was collected by a terrestrial source.

Note: Terrestrial messages will only be available if your account has access to them.

Source

Possible values for source

If an AIS message has a collection_type of satellite, the source field will also be available. This specifies which satellite collected the message using Spire-internal satellite identifiers. Most satellite IDs follow a Flight Number (FM) naming scheme (e.g. "source": "FM49") with some exceptions.

(Note: AIS messages with a collection_type of terrestrial  have a null value for source.)

Below is a complete list of all satellite IDs paired with their formal satellite names:

FM1: LEMUR-2-PETER
FM2: LEMUR-2-JEROEN
FM3: LEMUR-2-JOEL
FM4: LEMUR-2-CHRIS
FM5: LEMUR-2-THERESACONDOR
FM6: LEMUR-2-KANE
FM7: LEMUR-2-NICK-ALLAIN
FM8: LEMUR-2-JEFF
FM11: LEMUR-2-CUBECHEESE
FM12: LEMUR-2-DRMUZZ
FM16: LEMUR-2-BRIDGEMAN
FM17: LEMUR-2-NATE
FM18: LEMUR-2-SOKOLSKY
FM20: LEMUR-2-XIAOQING
FM22: LEMUR-2-ANUBHAVTHAKUR
FM24: LEMUR-2-WINGO
FM34: LEMUR-2-JOBANPUTRA
FM35: LEMUR-2-SPIRE-MINIONS
FM36: LEMUR-2-SATCHMO
FM37: LEMUR-2-RDEATON
FM38: LEMUR-2-SMITA-SHARAD
FM39: LEMUR-2-MIA-GRACE
FM40: LEMUR-2-NOGUESCORREIG
FM41: LEMUR-2-TACHIKOMA
FM9: LEMUR-2-TRUTNA
FM10: LEMUR-2-REDFERN-GOES
FM13: LEMUR-2-AUSTINTACIOUS
FM14: LEMUR-2-TRUTNAHD
FM25: LEMUR-2-JENNYBARNA
FM27: LEMUR-2-ANGELA
FM28: LEMUR-2-SPIROVISION
FM30: LEMUR-2-ROBMOORE
FM21: LEMUR-2-SHAINAJOHL
FM23: LEMUR-2-KUNGFOO
FM26: LEMUR-2-XUENITERENCE
FM42: LEMUR-2-LUCYBRYCE
FM43: LEMUR-2-MCPEAKE
FM44: LEMUR-2-SAM-AMELIA
FM45: LEMUR-2-LISASAURUS
FM46: LEMUR-2-LYNSEY-SYMO
FM29: LEMUR-2-GREENBERG
FM32: LEMUR-2-ARTFISCHER
FM48: LEMUR-2-MONSON
FM49: LEMUR-2-FURIAUS
FM50: LEMUR-2-ZACHARY
FM51: LEMUR-2-ANDIS
FM52: LEMUR-2-PETERG
FM53: LEMUR-2-DEMBITZ
FM47: LEMUR-2-PETERWEBSTER
FM59: LEMUR-2-MCCAFFERTY
FM60: LEMUR-2-DAVEWILSON
FM61: LEMUR-2-BROWNCOW
FM66: LEMUR-2-TALLHAMN-ATC
FM67: LEMUR-2-MARSHALL
FM58: LEMUR-2-MCGARVEY
FM68: LEMUR-2-BENYEOH
FM69: LEMUR-2-HARVEY
FM70: LEMUR-2-MATTHEW
FM71: LEMUR-2-MAXIMILLIE
FM72: LEMUR-2-SMILLIE
FM73: LEMUR-2-NRE-METTS
FM74: LEMUR-2-CYLONRAIDER
FM76: LEMUR-2-ECTOR
FM77: LEMUR-2-CRAIG
FM54: LEMUR-2-BRIANDAVIE
FM55: LEMUR-2-YONGLIN
FM56: LEMUR-2-MCCULLAGH
FM57: LEMUR-2-ROCKETJONAH
FM62: LEMUR-2-ROMACOSTE
FM63: LEMUR-2-KEVIN
FM64: LEMUR-2-DUNLOP
FM65: LEMUR-2-LIU-POU-CHUN
FM75: LEMUR-2-KADI
FM78: LEMUR-2-THENICKMOLO
FM79: LEMUR-2-JIN-LUEN
FM80: LEMUR-2-URAMCHANSOL
FM82: LEMUR-2-TOMHENDERSON
FM83: LEMUR-2-YUASA
FM84: LEMUR-2-ALEXANDER
FM85: LEMUR-2-VU
FM86: LEMUR-2-ZUPANSKI
FM88: LEMUR-2-CHANUSIAK
FM81: LEMUR-2-ORZULAK
FM87: LEMUR-2-VLADIMIR
FM89: LEMUR-2-KOBYSZCZE
FM90: LEMUR-2-DULY
FM91: LEMUR-2-REMY-COLTON
FM92: LEMUR-2-GUSTAVO
FM93: LEMUR-2-CHRISTINAHOLT
FM94: LEMUR-2-ZO
FM95: LEMUR-2-TINYKEV
FM96: LEMUR-2-SARAHBETTYBOO
FM97: LEMUR-2-NATALIEMURRAY
FM98: LEMUR-2-DAISY-HARPER
FM99: LEMUR-2-JOHANLORAN
FM100: LEMUR-2-BEAUDACIOUS
FM101: LEMUR-2-ELHAM
FM102: LEMUR-2-VICTOR-ANDREW

Why not make source the object's NORAD ID?

We agree! We will likely change the value of source from Spire satellite IDs to publicly available NORAD IDs some time in the future.

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