Data Buys

The commercial availability of remote sensing imagery, earth observations, and other satellite data makes it possible for some federal agencies to satisfy/augment mission requirements by purchasing data/services rather than designing, building, owning, and operating their own costly space systems.

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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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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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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NOAA Releases Results of Commercial Weather Data Pilot Round 2

CWDP Round 2

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 Commercial Weather Data Pilot Round 2 Contracts

CWDP Round 2

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

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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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Update on Round 2 of NOAA’s Commercial Weather Data Pilot

CWDP Round 2

Based on the results of our industry day discussions and additional market research, NOAA has determined that releasing an RFP in FY 2017 is not in the best interests of the Government or the CWDP. NOAA will continue engage with emerging

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