Business with the Government

This part of the website provides updates on opportunities for commercial space companies to do business with the federal government. For specific information about NOAA opportunities, please visit Business with NOAA.

The statutory responsibilities of the Office of Space Commercialization include assisting U.S. commercial providers’ efforts to conduct business with the U.S. government, and acting as an industry advocate to ensure the government meets space-related requirements using commercially available space goods and services to the fullest extent possible. View statute

NOAA Awards First Commercial RO Contracts Supporting Operational Weather Forecasting

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On Friday, November 20, 2020, NOAA awarded its first contracts to purchase commercially available space-based radio occultation (RO) data for use in NOAA’s operational weather forecasts. The two-year Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts with a total contract ceiling of

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Industry Day for SPD-3: Open Architecture Data Repository

The Office of Space Commerce (OSC) announces an event to solicit input from the commercial space industry and the related information technology sector regarding the design, development, operation and governance for Space Policy Directive-3 (SPD-3): National Space Traffic Management Policy’s

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NOAA RFI on Commercial Space Capabilities

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On September 30, 2020, NOAA released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking information on commercial capabilities to inform a potential Commercial Weather Data Pilot (CWDP) Round 3 for terrestrial weather applications, as well as future pilots for space weather and

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Commerce Awards Matching Grant for Maine Spaceport Planning

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Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) awarded a $444,009 grant to the Maine Space Grant Consortium in Augusta, Maine, to develop a strategic plan for the Maine SpacePort Complex. The project, to be located in a

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Commerce Announces $2M STEM Talent Challenge

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On August 27, the Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the STEM Talent Challenge to develop or expand regional workforce capacity to support high-growth, high-wage entrepreneurial ventures, industries of the future (including space commerce), and other innovation driven businesses

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NOAA Seeks Proposals for First Operational RO Data Buy

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On August 4, 2020, NOAA released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the first purchase of space-based commercial radio occultation (RO) data for use in NOAA’s operational weather forecasts. The RFP is open for 30 days, and follows the April

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White House Releases Moon-Mars Development Strategy

On July 23, the National Space Council released “A New Era for Deep Space Exploration and Development,” a strategy paper that supports an ambitious vision for human space exploration and development. “The U.S. vision for space is one in which

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NOAA Releases Results of Commercial Weather Data Pilot Round 2

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On June 26, 2020, NOAA released the summary of the results of Commercial Weather Data Pilot (CWDP) Round 2. In Round 2, NOAA evaluated GNSS radio occultation data from two U.S. commercial space companies: GeoOptics and Spire. NOAA concludes that, based on

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NOAA Plans First Operational Data Buy from Commercial RO Firms

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On April 21, 2020, NOAA released a draft Statement of Work (SOW) for public comment to support NOAA’s first acquisition of commercial space-based radio occultation data for operational use in NOAA’s products and services. View draft SOW at SAM.gov The

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NOAA Awards Contracts for Next Generation Weather Satellite Concepts

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On April 3, 2020, NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) began awarding contracts for satellite mission and instrument design analysis. NESDIS is building on the findings from the NOAA Satellite Observing System Architecture (NSOSA) study. NESDIS will

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