NOAA plans to release three Broad Agency Announcements, or BAAs, that may lead to a review of advanced technologies for its future satellite and ground architecture, products and services.
The BAAs – and the studies that will result – are part of NOAA’s Office of System Architecture and Advanced Planning (OSAAP) Joint Venture Partnership. Joint Venture Partnership examines the feasibility of partnering with other federal agencies, the academic community, or the commercial sector to develop promising innovative research and technology to meet NOAA’s future observational, product and service needs.
Specifically, the BAAs will explore technologies for:
- Designing a Microwave Sensor with Simultaneous Imaging and Sounding Capabilities (MSSIS);
- Ground Processing Demonstrations; and
- Detection, Characterizing, and Mitigation of Passive Sensor Data Corrupting Emissions (DMiPS).
These emerging technologies are to be investigated for their value in enhancing a variety of NOAA’s systems including Numerical Weather Prediction and satellite ground processing. The BAAs are a critical first step in assessing possibilities for the future and not tied to a particular mission or end need, i.e., this is exploratory only and currently there are no planned missions with these technologies.
The BAAs will be posted on the federal contracts opportunities website: SAM.gov. Following the release of the BAAs there will be a Community Day for all interested parties as announced in the BAA. Based on the responses to the BAAs, NOAA will choose the best options to pursue.