While Congress and the Biden Administration recognize the potential threat posed by space weather events, the United States still needs to improve its ability to monitor and model the phenomenon.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is taking stock of its dependence on specific bands of the radio frequency spectrum and looking for ways to mitigate the impact of interference or government sales.
High demand for space weather data is prompting the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to consider revising the schedule for its geostationary weather satellite fleet.
The $19.6 billion budget for the GeoXO program, approved in December, covers six satellites, operations and support extending from 2022 to 2052.
NOAA would “far exceed the funds available” if the agency carries out plans to expand its constellation through 2042 without changing its ground architecture, said Michael Morgan, Commerce Department assistant secretary for environmental observation and prediction.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared the newest satellite in its geostationary fleet, GOES-18, operational Jan. 4 and designated it GOES West.
The fiscal year 2023 omnibus spending bill provides two agencies with much, but not all, of the budget increases they requested to take on new or expanding commercial space work.
Acme AtronOmatic, vendor of the MyRadar app, is looking beyond weather forecasts to wildfire detection and mitigation with funding from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
An Atlas 5 successfully launched a polar-orbiting weather satellite and a reentry technology demonstrator on the final flight of the vehicle from California.