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.
Members of a House committee and a group of industry witnesses used a Sept. 7 hearing to criticize delays and uncertainty in commercial remote sensing licensing as well as “slow-rolling” of a report on the issue required by law.
A problem with a key instrument and ongoing ground systems issues led NASA and NOAA to delay the launch of the first next-generation polar-orbiting weather satellite.
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.
Leaders from the House’s Science, Space and Technology committee want to know why it’s taken the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration nearly three years to decide whether DigitalGlobe can sell higher-resolution infrared imagery data from their Worldview-3 satellite.
DigitalGlobe leaders say they are still waiting on approval from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to sell higher-resolution infrared imagery data from their Worldview-3 satellite nearly three years after they first submitted a license request.
An appropriations bill approved by a Senate committee April 21 provides a significant increase to NASA’s exploration programs by trimming funds from many other major NASA programs.
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.
As the commercial satellite imaging industry grows, it is worth revisiting what principles should guide the approach that government takes to regulate it.
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.
Three federal offices that deal with commercial space issues, which combined received less than $20 million in 2016, would get large — on a percentage basis — increases in the proposed fiscal year 2017 budget.
The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s campaign to sustain its fleet of polar-orbiting environmental satellites would receive more money next year even as NOAA’s overall space spending would dip slightly under the 2017 budget plan the White House sent Congress Feb. 9.