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Two companies win first NOAA commercial weather contracts

15 September 2016

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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration awarded contracts on 15 September to two companies who will provide weather data as part of a pilot program that could lead to greater uses of data from commercial satellites.

NOAA announced that it awarded Commercial Weather Data Pilot contracts to Pasadena, California-based GeoOptics and San Francisco-based Spire Global. The GeoOptics contract is worth $695,000 and the Spire Global contract is valued at $370,000.

Under the contracts, the two companies will each provide GPS radio occultation data from commercial satellites. Such data provides profiles of atmospheric temperature and humidity that can be incorporated into forecasting models. NOAA will assess the data to determine how useful it is before making decisions on acquiring more data.

Source: SpaceNews

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