News on NOAA Commercial Space Solutions

This page provides the latest updates on NOAA’s efforts to leverage commercial space capabilities. For more comprehensive information on this topic, please visit Business with NOAA.

NOAA Issues RFI for Commercial Weather Data Pilot

Today, NOAA/NESDIS released a Request for Information (RFI) to support NOAA’s Commercial Weather Data Pilot. The RFI is the first step to bring radio occultation data from commercial companies to NOAA. The RFI seeks pre-launch data in order to facilitate

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NOAA Report to Congress on Commercial Weather Data Pilot

Cover of NOAA report to Congress on CWDP

We posted a report on how NOAA plans to execute the Commercial Weather Data Pilot (CWDP) program. Based on the findings of recent market research and FAR processes (e.g., Requests For Information), NOAA has selected GNSS-RO as the most suitable

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NESDIS Releases Draft Commercial Space Activities Assessment Process for Public Comment

The NOAA Commercial Space Policy and the NESDIS Commercial Space Activities Assessment Process are two steps of NOAA’s multi-step approach to engaging the commercial sector to ensure best use of commercial sector capabilities. NOAA has developed these documents as timeless

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NOAA Satellite Program Requirements Posted

Today, the Office of Space Commerce published a consolidated list of NOAA Level 1 Requirements Documents (L1RD’s), RFI’s, and RFQ’s related to NOAA’s satellite programs. This is the next incremental step in NOAA’s efforts to provide transparency to the commercial

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NOAA Requests Funding Increases for Office of Space Commerce, Commercial Weather Data Pilot

The President’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget request for NOAA, released February 9, includes $2 million for the Office of Space Commerce, a $1.4 million increase compared to its current funding level. The funds will increase the capacity of the office

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Federal Register Notice of Final NOAA Commercial Space Policy

NOAA published an official notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of its Commercial Space Policy. View notice at federalregister.gov NOAA also published a memo for the record explaining its adjudication of the comments received on the draft policy

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NOAA Issues Commercial Space Policy

Cover of the 2016 NOAA Commercial Space Policy

Today, NOAA issued its Commercial Space Policy, which sets a broad framework for use of commercial space-based approaches for the agency. The document, NOAA Administrative Order 217-109, establishes critical components for engaging with the commercial sector. Learn more The policy reflects public comments

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Presentation from December 7 Workshop

Here is the presentation delivered by Assistant Administrator Stephen Volz during yesterday’s public workshop on the NESDIS process for considering commercial satellite data. View PDF (2 MB) Also, as discussed, here is a link for more information about NOAA Commercial

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NOAA Announces 2nd Workshop on Commercial Satellite Data

On December 7, NOAA/NESDIS will convene a second public meeting to discuss the process by which NOAA will pursue commercial data sources to meet NOAA’s mission needs. The meeting, to be held in Silver Spring, Maryland, is a follow-up to

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NOAA Releases Draft Commercial Space Policy

On September 1, NOAA published its draft Commercial Space Policy for public review and comment. NOAA is developing the policy to establish the broad principles for the use of commercial space-based approaches for NOAA’s observational requirements, and to potentially open a pathway for new

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