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.
A July 14 hearing revealed House Democrats and Republicans are split on the long-term viability of using commercially collected satellite data in U.S. weather forecasting models, despite the recent passage of a bipartisan bill that would mandate a commercial weather data pilot program.
Spire, a company developing a constellation of cubesats to provide weather data to commercial and government customers, announced June 30 it has raised $40 million to complete work on the satellites and begin launching them later this year.
PlanetiQ announced June 24 that it has selected a Colorado company to build its planned constellation of small satellites to provide weather data, with the first satellites to be launched in late 2016.
Aspiring commercial weather-data providers lauded the U.S. House Science Committee’s passage of a bill that would require NOAA to publish standards for commercial data buys by Dec. 31, and buy data from at least one such provider by Oct. 31, 2016.
Tempus Global Data has added Scott Jensen as its executive vice president of science and technology, and Charles Wight, president of Weber State University, to its advisory council.
Rep. Jim Bridenstine, who emerged in 2014 as a central figure in the budding commercial weather satellite business, is poised to exert more influence in 2015.
After more than four decades of focusing almost exclusively on building weather instruments for the U.S. government, Exelis’ weather business is waging a campaign to broaden its product line to include environmental monitoring tools and to expand its customer base.
The new head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s satellite division said Feb. 12 the agency should not cordon off any of its budget to help would-be commercial weather satellite operators defray development expenses.
Given the COSMIC satellite system's utility in space and terrestrial weather, COSMIC-2 would seem like an easy sell. However, the program has run into criticism, putting UCAR's Thomas Bogdan on the defensive.
Spire expects its constellation of 100-plus cubesat-class satellites to do for weather forecasts what online mapping did for getting directions.