Report to Congress on NOAA Use of Commercial Satellites

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In March 2010, the Department of Commerce submitted a report to Congress titled, “Acquisition of Space-based Scientific Data from Commercial Sources to Supplement NOAA’s Weather and Climate Observation Requirements.” The report summarizes NOAA’s plans to obtain space-based scientific data from

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Contract Awards for Requirements Set C

On September 29, 2009, NOAA announced the award of four study contracts for Requirements Set C with a total value of $100,000 to three U.S. companies, including: Iridium ($25,000), for studies validating the price and technical feasibility of commercial monitoring

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RFQ for Requirements Set C

On August 6, 2009, NOAA issued a public solicitation for feasibility studies related to the following three observation requirements (“Set C”). Atmospheric Constituents (Ozone Profiles) Atmospheric Constituents (Aerosol Polarimetry) Wind Speed and Direction Profiles (Tropospheric and Stratospheric) This is the

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Contract Awards for Requirements Set B

On June 8, 2009, NOAA announced the award of ten study contracts for Requirements Set B with a total value of $250,000 to eight U.S. companies and universities, including: Iridium (2 contracts, $50,000), for studies validating the price and technical

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RFQ for Requirements Set B

On March 25, 2009, NOAA issued a solicitation for additional technical and cost feasibility studies covering the following observation requirements (“Set B”): Total and Clear Sky Radiative Flux Sea Surface Height/Topography Geostationary High Spectral Atmospheric Profiles Ocean Color View RFQ

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Contract Awards for Requirements Set A

On September 17, 2008, NOAA awarded eight study contracts for Requirements Set A with a total value of $200,000 to five U.S. companies, including: Iridium (2 contracts, $50,000), to study the feasibility of commercial provision of solar irradiance and GPS

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RFQ for Requirements Set A

On August 4, 2008, NOAA issued a Request for Quote (RFQ) for price validation and feasibility studies for the use of commercial services to meet space-based earth and space weather observation requirements. The RFQ describes twelve data collection requirements and

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