As companies developing commercial constellations of satellites to provide weather data argue the industry is on the cusp of an information revolution, others cautioned there are still key issues to be addressed regarding the use and access to such data.
NOAA awarded contracts Sept. 15 to two companies to provide weather data as part of a pilot program that could lead to greater uses of data from commercial satellites.
While the first of a new generation of polar-orbiting weather satellites remains on schedule to launch next year, the U.S. Government Accountability Office is concerned that it may slip, increasing the risk of a data gap.
PlanetiQ's CEO and founder Chris McCormick talks with SpaceNews about his company's launch plans and the opportunity he sees in NOAA's commercial weather data pilot.
A draft version of a House policy bill would authorize $3 million for the Air Force to determine if commercial weather data could help meet a wide-range of Defense Department weather requirements.
With $3 million on hand from Congress and another $5 million sought for 2017, NOAA is setting out to buy test data from one or more of the commercial weather satellite systems heading to market.
Despite the enthusiasm for commercial satellite weather systems expressed by a key member of Congress, the head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said March 16 she has yet to see proof that such systems can provide data that will be useful for weather forecasting.
The Air Force, which has struggled with environmental monitoring from satellite systems for several years, is to be commended for beginning to look at space-based environmental monitoring as a commercial service.
As the U.S. Air Force develops a long-term weather satellite strategy, the service also is considering using commercial weather data to meet gaps in its forecasting capabilities.
PlanetiQ, one of several companies developing constellations of small satellites to collect weather data, announced Dec. 3 that it will launch its first two satellites in late 2016 on a Indian rocket.
U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine says the landscape for weather satellites has changed, and NOAA needs to be open to new ideas for handling environmental data.
New and innovative observing capabilities are emerging today that challenge the traditional model of government ownership of observing systems and the associated data rights.
U.S. leaders are addressing the dilemma of satisfying NOAA’s data-sharing obligations without killing the commercial weather data industry in its cradle.
Two U.S. lawmakers in key space oversight positions blasted the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for fighting a rear guard battle against companies seeking to commercialize satellite-based weather data products.
The U.S. government is interested in procuring weather data from commercially operated satellites and instruments provided that the data meets government standards and can be used in a way that complies with U.S. obligations to share such information with other nations.