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The United States Department of Commerce is home to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), a scientific and regulatory organization that forecasts weather, keeps track of oceanic and atmospheric conditions, maps the oceans, performs deep-sea exploration, and oversees fishing operations as well as the preservation of endangered marine species and marine mammals.

In order to demonstrate the utility of the commercial observations, the NOAA contracted with PlanetIQ, GeoOptics, as well as Spire Global to supply space weather data. According to a July 14 news release from NOAA, “the grants represent NOAA’s next move toward collaborating with the commercial sector to gather and analyze space weather data to achieve its essential space weather forecasting mission.”

The contracts require the three businesses to give NOAA datasets on weather in the ionosphere obtained by radio occultation to NOAA. The aim of NOAA is to assess the potential effects of the commercial datasets on the functional space weather models as well as applications that are already in use and those that are predicted to be in the future.

Data from GeoOptics, PlanetIQ, and Spire will be evaluated by NOAA over the course of about a year. When operational forecasting is needed, NOAA may decide to buy commercial space weather data. In 2016, NOAA launched the first round of vendor solicitations for the Commercial Weather Data Pilot. The inaugural episode concentrated on the importance of radio occultation soundings, that can be used to improve weather forecasts on land by revealing air temperature, pressure, and moisture.

In order to enhance terrestrial weather forecasts, Spire and GeoOptics have been selling their radio occultation data to the agency of NOAA since 2020. With the release of a request for proposals in May, NOAA announced its aim to start analyzing space weather data.

The PROSWIFT Act, legislation on space weather passed in 2020, was an order from Congress that compelled NOAA to launch a pilot program for the data of for commercial space weather. Promoting Research and Observations of Space Weather to Improve Future Forecasting (PROSWIFT) is the name of this initiative.

Conrad Lautenbacher, the executive chairman of GeoOptics, wrote in an email to SpaceNews, “GeoOptics is delighted to be engaging with NOAA to show which we can continue to offer the trustworthy and fast satellite space weather data the country needs to secure our national infrastructure and enable the most precise space weather forecasts.”

Spire is the leading radio occultation data producer, according to Chuck Cash, vice president of federal sales at Spire. He called this information “a powerful component of extremely accurate, modern weather forecasting.” Spire has over 100 multipurpose satellites constellation.”

According to Cash, who has been supplying radio occultation data to NOAA for more than three years, “We are happy to broaden our connection to give data for space weather prediction studies, which will contribute to safer and more effective operations of planes as well as spacecraft.”

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