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 Radio Occultation data for the purposes of assessing the potential viability of this data in NOAA’s weather modeling and forecasting. Comments received to the draft RFQ will inform development of the final RFQ, anticipated for release later this summer.
In conjunction with the draft RFQ open comment period, on July 7 NESDIS will host the third in our series of Community Engagements with the commercial space industry. Topics will include addressing questions about the draft RFQ and an update on NESDIS commercial efforts more broadly.