Business with NOAA

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This section provides information about NOAA partnerships with the commercial space industry to acquire space-based environmental observation data.

NOAA seeks to leverage commercial space capabilities to capitalize on available extramural expertise, to improve weather forecasting, to diversify NOAA’s portfolio of data collection capabilities, to promote U.S. space commerce and the industrial base, and to pursue enhancements in mission areas, program schedules, and costs.

Rapid change in the commercial space services arena over the past several years is now yielding new technical and business approaches not only to building, launching, and operating satellites but also to selling private satellite capabilities as services. NOAA is interested in exploring these new business models to understand how they might complement the current public and international data supply arrangements.

Cover of the 2016 NOAA Commercial Space Policy
NOAA Commercial Space Policy

Cover of the 2017 NOAA/NESDIS Commercial Space Activities Assessment Process
NESDIS Commercial Space Activities Assessment Process

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Commercial Weather Data Pilot (CWDP)

Requirements & Data Specifications

NOAA Commercial Space Solutions News