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How to Weather the Future

The future of weather prediction is here. Enormous computer models of the Earth’s atmosphere underlie modern weather forecasts, and driven by improvements in data, computers and modeling, today’s five day forecast has become as accurate as the three day forecast was in 1980. Achieving the next decade’s improvement requires a new paradigm of data, created by small satellites that can generate orders of magnitude more data at lower cost. GeoOptics CICERO constellation will use GPS radio occultation and other techniques to measure global weather patterns thousands of times per day.

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The Gravity of Water

Water is life. The first step to managing the world’s water resources is to know where they are, and where they are at risk. From glaciers and icebergs to groundwater and acquifers, water can be detected by its tremendous weight. NASA’s GRACE satellite (first proposed by GeoOptics founder Tom Yunck, while he was at JPL) has measured the Earth’s gravitational field to produce incredible data on the flow of water around the world. Now, in cooperation with NASA and our partners at Tyvak, we are beginning work on the next gravity satellite constellation that will measure the movement of water across the globe in unprecedented detail.

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The Ion Age

Above the highest clouds and below most satellites, charged particles flock, impelled by the Earth’s magnetic field and the effects of solar storms. Best known for creating the Northern Lights, the space weather created by these ions can also disable high-flying aircraft and satellites and damage power lines. Using GPS radio occultation signals that pass above the atmosphere, we will provide the most detailed picture of this uncharted region just above the Earth’s atmosphere.


GeoOptics Awarded First Government Commercial Weather Satellite Data Purchase Contract

  Pasadena, CA –Satellite environmental data pioneer GeoOptics has been awarded a data purchase contract from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) under its Commercial Weather Data Pilot program. This is the first time NOAA has contracted to purchase satellite weather data from a commercial provider. “We are thrilled to partner with NOAA on […]

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Commercial Weather Satellites Go To Washington

Decision-makers in Washington have recently been faced with a dilemma. Our fast changing climate and development around the world have created increasing demand for high-quality weather and climate data. Unfortunately, at the same time, traditional weather satellites have become more expensive. Luckily, the small satellite revolution has offered an answer–constellations of small satellites, cooperating to produce the most precise, abundant and timely […]

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Severe Weather Study Shows Potential of GNSS-RO

In a novel application of space-based atmospheric measurements, Atmospheric and Environmental Research (AER), leading advisors on weather and climate risk to large enterprises, in collaboration with GeoOptics, has investigated the use of radio occultation measurements to improve severe weather forecasting. Pairing state-of-the-art, high-fidelity weather models with the rapidly evolving technology of miniaturized satellites provides a […]

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