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 Awards Second Delivery Order for Commercial Radio Occultation Data

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On February 19, 2021, NOAA awarded Delivery Order 2 (DO-2) under its existing Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts for radio occultation (RO) data to GeoOptics. Through DO-2, NOAA will purchase 1300 occultations per day for six months from March

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President Trump Issues New National Space Policy

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Today, the White House released President Donald Trump’s National Space Policy providing direction for all United States space activities. View policy at whitehouse.gov (1.3 MB PDF) View White House fact sheet View statement from the President The National Space Policy sets

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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

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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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NOAA to Engage Commercial Sector on Future Space Architecture Elements

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(Update to original post of September 16, 2019) Today, the National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) released a pair of Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) to engage the commercial sector in developing new concepts for instruments, spacecraft, business models

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NOAA Awards Commercial Weather Data Pilot Round 2 Contracts

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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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