GPS radio occultation
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.