NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center seeks information on concepts of satellites that would help the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observe Earth from a geostationary orbit.
The space agency said Tuesday in a SAM notice it plans to purchase six spacecraft that would support NOAA’s Geostationary Extended Observations or GeoXO program.
According to NASA’s request for information, each of the satellites will hold three instruments for Earth viewing, and four of the six spacecraft will be equipped with space weather instruments, which will include solar observation tools.
GeoXO will have two east/west components and a single central observatory. The overall system will provide coverage on eastern, western and central U.S., the Pacific Ocean basin and most parts of the Atlantic Ocean.
NASA has also listed potential launch dates for the six spacecraft: June 2032, April 2035, October 2036, April 2039, October 2040 and October 2042. The schedules were made assuming a notional contract award by February 2024.
Interested parties may submit responses to the RFI through July 30. NASA will use gathered input to inform a future solicitation for the project.