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NOAA Picks Three Firms for Commercial Weather Data Pilot’s Round Two; Karen St. Germain Quoted

NOAA Picks Three Firms for Commercial Weather Data Pilot's Round Two; Karen St. Germain Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Karen St. Germain
NOAA Picks Three Firms for Commercial Weather Data Pilot's Round Two; Karen St. Germain Quoted - top government contractors - best government contracting event
Karen St. Germain

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded separate contracts to GeoOptics, Spire Global and PlanetIQ to support the second round of NOAA's Commercial Weather Data Pilot program.

The three satellite firms will supply space-based radio occultation information through July 31, 2019 to help NOAA assess the data’s potential value to its models used in weather predictions, the agency said in a Sept. 17 news release.

The agency's National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service will evaluate the data through the start of fiscal 2020 and generate the final report by the middle of fiscal 2020.

A FedBizOpps notice posted Sept. 17 says GeoOptics and Spire received contracts worth $3.4M and $1.4M, respectively, while PlanetIQ secured a $3.5M contract.

“These contracts represent another step toward bringing commercial sector innovation to NOAA's mission of delivering life-saving weather forecasts and warnings,“ said Karen St. Germain, director of the office of systems architecture and advanced planning for NOAA’s satellite and information service.

NOAA said it will use the pilot's round 2 to build infrastructure to support future acquisition of radio occultation data from the commercial sector.

The announcement came two years after NOAA awarded data support contracts for CWDP’s initial round.

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Written by Jane Edwards

is a staff writer at Executive Mosaic, where she writes for ExecutiveBiz about IT modernization, cybersecurity, space procurement and industry leaders’ perspectives on government technology trends.

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