On October 5, 2017, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross attended the first meeting of the reconstituted National Space Council. As Chairman of the Council, Vice President Mike Pence called for a full review of the U.S. regulatory framework for commercial …

Commerce Department Now Accepting Public Inputs on Regulatory Streamlining Read more »

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 …

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

On May 26, NOAA released a draft Request for Proposals (RFP) to support Round 2 of its Commercial Weather Data Pilot (CWDP). The draft RFP is open for public comment through June 9. View/comment on the draft RFP at SAM.gov …

Draft RFP and Industry Day for Commercial Weather Data Pilot Round 2 Read more »

On April 18, President Trump signed the Weather Research and Forecasting Innovation Act of 2017. Section 302 authorizes the Commerce Department to enter into agreements for commercial weather data purchases and hosted payload arrangements. The legislation requires NOAA to prepare …

Weather Act Addresses Commercial Satellite Data and Hosted Payloads Read more »

On January 6, the NOAA Satellite and Information Service (NESDIS) published the finalized version of its Commercial Space Activities Assessment Process. Download the document (570 KB PDF) The document establishes a process by which NESDIS will assess and pursue commercial opportunities …

NESDIS Commercial Space Activities Assessment Process Read more »

On September 15, 2016, NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS) awarded contracts to GeoOptics, Inc., and Spire Global, Inc., as part of the Commercial Weather Data Pilot. GeoOptics and Spire Global will each provide space-based GNSS radio …

NOAA Awards Commercial Weather Data Pilot Contracts Read more »

On July 28, 2016, NOAA released a Request for Quotation (RFQ) in support of the NESDIS Commercial Weather Data Pilot. This RFQ was previously released in draft form for comment, and seeks on-orbit radio occultation data from commercial sources for …

NOAA Issues RFQ for FY 2016 Commercial Weather Data Pilot Read more »

On July 7, NOAA/NESDIS hosted an industry day to discuss the Request for Quotation (RFQ) in support of the FY 2016 Commercial Weather Data Pilot. NESDIS officials fielded questions and comments on the draft solicitation prior to its finalization and …

Industry Day on NOAA Commercial Weather Data Pilot Read more »

On June 21, 2016, NESDIS released a draft Request for Quotation (RFQ) to support NOAA’s Commercial Weather Data Pilot. The draft RFQ is open for public comment through July 15, with initial comments/questions due July 1. The RFQ seeks on-orbit …

NOAA Releases Draft RFQ for Commercial Weather Data Pilot, Announces Community Engagement Event Read more »