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 to Engage Commercial Sector on Future Space Architecture Elements

The National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) intends to release a pair of Broad Agency Announcements (BAA) to engage the commercial sector in developing new concepts for instruments, spacecraft, business models and mission elements for NOAA’s future space-based

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Commerce Awards Development Grant to Build Hawaii’s Space Economy

On July 23, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the award of $23 million in grants to 44 organizations to create and expand high-growth entrepreneurship and increase access to capital for communities across America. The grants are made annually under

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NASA Opens Space Station to Commercial Business

On June 7, NASA announced a new policy allowing the International Space Station (ISS) to be used for for-profit activities, including manufacturing, tourism, and marketing. This is a change from previous policy that only allowed R&D in the U.S. elements

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Regional Grant Opportunities Open to Commercial Space Sector

To retain and increase global competitiveness, regions must build public and private capacity for entrepreneurship and innovation to invent, improve, and bring to market new products and services, including in emerging, transformative sectors such as commercial space. EDA’s Regional Innovation

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MBDA Announces Grant to Space Foundation

On November 30, 2018, the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) announced that it had awarded a $400,000 grant to the United States Space Foundation to educate and inspire the minority business community, and directly facilitate an introduction to the field

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NOAA Awards Commercial Weather Data Pilot Round 2 Contracts

On September 17, 2018, NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) awarded contracts to GeoOptics, Inc., Spire Global, Inc., and Space Sciences and Engineering LLC as part of the Commercial Weather Data Pilot Round 2. Building on the CWDP

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Rideshare Opportunities on the NOAA JPSS-2 Launch

NOAA is continuing efforts to partner with the commercial sector in innovative ways in support of the NOAA mission. On July 31, NOAA released a Request for Information (RFI) that offers a ride to low earth orbit (LEO) for small

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NOAA Seeks Public Comments on Future Satellite Architecture, Announces Industry Day

Cover of draft NSOSA report

Today, NOAA released a draft of the NOAA Satellite Observing System Architecture Study for public comments. The study looks at the choices, alternatives, and tradeoffs that NOAA is considering as it plans for its future operational satellite observing system to

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NOAA Issues RFI on Commercial Space Capabilities

Today, NOAA released a Request for Information (RFI) seeking information on commercial capabilities to support Commercial Weather Data Pilot Round 3 and other NOAA observation requirements. The NOAA Commercial Space Policy states that NOAA will “periodically solicit, identify, and evaluate

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NOAA Seeks Proposals for Round 2 of Commercial Weather Data Pilot

CWDP Round 2

On April 25, NOAA released a Request for Proposals (RFP) to support Commercial Weather Data Pilot Round 2. The RFP is open for 30 days. Building on the Round 1 purchase and evaluation of radio occultation data, this Round 2

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