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Office of Space Weather Observations

Space Weather Observations for Future Generations

SWO develops and deploys operational satellite systems that study space weather and safeguard society.

About SWO

What we do 

SWO manages NESDIS’ space weather programs from inception to launch. 

How we do it

SWO is organized into two divisions: Research to Operations and Project Planning Division (ROPPD) and Project Management and Execution Division (PMED).  

  • ROPPD grows new satellite projects from inception through formulation, developing budgets and plans and operating as a technical liaison for partners and users. 
  • PMED manages existing satellite projects from formulation to launch, overseeing project delegation and execution by partners to ensure projects meet technical requirements and remain on schedule. 

SWO in Action


Upcoming Events

Total Solar Eclipse

On Monday, April 8, 2024 the Sun, Moon, and Earth will align perfectly together to produce a total solar eclipse. This eclipse will create a path of darkness stretching from the Pacific coast of Mexico to the Atlantic coast of Canada. It will be the last total solar eclipse visible from the contiguous United States until 2044. The 2024 Total Solar eclipse will also last twice as long as the 2017 total eclipse, for an incredible 4 minutes and 27 seconds! To celebrate, we’re hosting in-person and virtual viewing events in key areas across the path of totality.



Elsayed R. Talaat
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Richard Ullman
Deputy Director
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Jim Silva
PMED Division Chief
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Irfan Azeem
ROPPD Division Chief
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Dr. James Spann, Jr.
Senior Scientist
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Jeffery Clegg
Resource Manager
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Argelia Gonzalez
Chief of Staff
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