GPS radio occultation
Spire Global unveiled Spire Forecast Sept. 11, a product designed to provide the maritime industry with detailed information on atmospheric conditions including global sea surface temperatures, ocean currents, wave heights, surface winds and air temperature.
Tropical storm and space weather forecasts will improve with the help of observations from radio occultation satellites scheduled for launch June 24 on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials said June 11.
NOAA is soliciting proposals for a second round of a commercial satellite weather data pilot program even as it wraps up the evaluation of the first round.
Spire Global, the San Francisco-based company that operates 48 GPS radio occultation cubesats, says it could provide a persistent view of about 97 percent of Earth with a constellation of 150 satellites.
NOAA and Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology agreed this month to scrap plans for a second set of next-generation GPS radio occultation weather satellites after determining the joint project faced an unwinnable battle to secure funding.