Pasadena, CA â€“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.
â€œWe are thrilled to partner with NOAA on this exciting new chapter in weather prediction,â€ said GeoOptics CEO Conrad Lautenbacher. â€œWe look forward to demonstrating that commercial satellite data purchases can enable the unmatched efficiencies of the private sector to help NOAA accomplish its vital mission to protect and inform the public.â€
GeoOptics is launching a constellation of nanosatellites designed to create the most detailed picture of the Earthâ€™s atmosphere, surface and subsurface ever assembled. The first satellites are deploying advanced Global Positioning System Radio Occultation (GPS-RO) sensors developed in partnership with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Tyvak Nanosatellite Systems. Future satellites will expand upon and refine this technology and deploy several other technologies to provide a precise and complete picture of the Earthâ€™s environment.
NOAAâ€™s Commercial Weather Data Pilot was established earlier this year to â€œassess the potential viability of commercial weather data in [NOAAâ€™s] weather modeling and forecasting.â€ The program is funded â€œto purchase, evaluate, and calibrate available data, which meets the standards and specifications set by NOAA in its Commercial Data Policy.â€
â€œNOAA has carefully and efficiently implemented this program on a short timeline,â€ said Alex Saltman, COO of GeoOptics. â€œWe deeply appreciate the key role that leaders in Congress and NOAA have played in authorizing and encouraging NOAAâ€™s interest in commercial satellite weather data.â€
For more information on GeoOptics, please see our website at http://www.geooptics.com.