NOAA issues solicitation for commercial radio occultation data

NOAA is inviting companies to submit proposals within the next 30 days to offer radio occultation data under two-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity orders. NOAA plans to purchase the data through one or more firm-fixed-price contracts. NOAA also published specifications for the first radio occultation data delivery order.

NOAA issues solicitation for commercial radio occultation data
NOAA issues solicitation for commercial radio occultation data

NOAA issues solicitation for commercial radio occultation data

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is calling for proposals for commercial radio occultation satellite data to feed operational weather forecast models for the first time. According to a report by SpaceNews, after years of evaluating commercial data products, NOAA published a Request for Proposals Aug. 4 on the federal acquisition website Beta.Sam.Gov.

NOAA is inviting companies to submit proposals within the next 30 days to offer radio occultation data under two-year indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity orders. NOAA plans to purchase the data through one or more firm-fixed-price contracts. NOAA also published specifications for the first radio occultation data delivery order.

The order calls for companies to deliver 500 daily radio occultation soundings for 30 consecutive days. NOAA also asks companies to submit a price for a license to share data immediately with all U.S. government agencies, and for noncommercial use that precludes distribution beyond contractors and grantees. The license also would allow NOAA to distribute data to any entity 24 hours after receiving them.

NOAA has a target of acquiring 20,000 soundings per day, Steve Volz, NOAA assistant administrator for satellite and information services, said at the American Meteorological Society’s conference in Boston in January. A significant portion of the data is likely to come from the second U.S.-Taiwan Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC) constellation.