This article originally appeared in the May 6, 2019 issue of SpaceNews magazine.
NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service is requesting nearly $17.3 million in 2020 funding for a series of initiatives to explore the potential contributions of new data partnerships, small satellites and advanced technologies.
In the 2020 budget request delivered to Congress in March, NOAA seeks $10 million for industry studies, analyses and possible flight demonstrations of hosted payloads. The agency also is asking Congress for $5 million to purchase Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) radio occultation data for operational use and nearly $2.3 million to work with NASA’s Earth Science and Heliophysics Divisions, other government agencies and the commercial sector to take advantage of emerging technologies, according to NOAA’s 2020 budget summary, known as the Blue Book.
These proposals stem from NOAA’s Satellite Observing System Architecture Study, completed approximately 18 months ago, which looks beyond the current generation of geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites.
“We are thinking of enabling flight pilots and demonstrations, particularly for new kinds of capabilities,” said Karen St. Germain, director of NOAA’s Satellite and Information Service Office of Systems Architecture and Advanced Planning.
Since NOAA shared the results of its future architecture study in early ...