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 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 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

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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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

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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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