2019 NOAA Emerging Technologies Workshop

Last month, nearly 400 attendees convened in-person and remotely at the third NOAA Emerging Technologies Workshop (ETW). Hosted by NOAA's three Strategy Councils, the 2019 ETW showcased new and evolving technologies with the potential to advance resilience to extreme weather and water and the Blue Economy. Workshop attendees heard from RDML Tim Gallaudet and Dr. Cisco Werner, as well as presenters representing Google, Amazon, UCAR, Saildrone, and many others. The post-workshop report, featuring key insights and takeaways from the event, will be released within the next several months.

COSMIC-2 launch

COSMIC-2 launched on June 25th, 2019 at 2:30am from Kennedy Space Center on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy. It was 6 of 24 payloads aboard the STP-2 Mission. COSMIC-2 consists of 6 satellites that will improve NOAA weather forecasts and space weather monitoring. (image credit: SpaceX)

At the COSMIC-2 launchpad

On June 24, 2019, OPPA team members participated in the STP-2 Falcon Heavy Pad Visit in support of the COSMIC-2 mission. This unique opportunity allowed some of the OPPA team members an up-close view of the SpaceX Falcon Heavy as it was readied for launch on June 25. (Image credit: SpaceX)

MetOp-C first image

NOAA received the first global pseudo color image using the first consecutive full day data from the Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR) onboard Metop-C, which was launched on November 7, 2018. AVHRR will provide daily global monitoring of cloud cover, vegetation, fire, land and sea surface temperature, snow and ice detection, and other geophysical parameters. This image is produced by the Center for Satellite Applications and Research at NOAA/NESDIS.

Space Weather Program

Space weather impacts satellites, human space exploration, power grids, and radio communications that support global positioning systems, airplanes, pipelines, and railway systems, among many others. The Space Weather Follow On (SWFO) Program has been established to sustain a foundational set of space-based space weather observations and measurements of Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) imagery and solar wind measurements. The SWFO Program will provide continuity in the case of a gap in the current CME imagery and in-situ solar wind measurements.


This year we launched a radio occultation mission called COSMIC-2/FORMOSAT-7. COSMIC-2 is a 6 satellite constellation that will provide operational and research users with the next-generation of Global Navigation Satellite System Radio Occultation (GNSS-RO) data. NOAA is partnering with the U.S. Air Force (USAF), Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO), and the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) on this satellite program.

Technology Maturation Program (TMP)

The Technology Maturation Program (TMP) explores how smaller and simpler technology can contribute to NOAA’s mission, optimize existing systems, and future projects that have already been approved. Ultimately, the TMP aims to provide NOAA mission planners with access to lower cost, higher performance, and faster time to data availability for space-based environmental observing systems, resulting in improved operations across the entire agency.

MetOp-C Launch

Metop-C launched on November 7, 2018 from French Guiana on a Soyuz rocket. This satellite completes the series of polar orbiting meteorological satellites that make up Europe’s contribution to the Initial Joint Polar System. Metop-C carries four NOAA instruments that collect data needed for accurate weather forecasting and space weather monitoring. (Image credit: ESA-CNES-Arianespace/Optique Video du CSG - JM. Guillon)

Illustration of the variety of observing systems

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