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Part 4: Commercial Weather Data Pilot Round 2 Solicitation

Monday, June 19, 2017 


This Industry Day event will serve to address questions about the Commercial Weather Data Pilot (CWDP) Round 2 draft Request for Proposals (RFP). The event will include both a public session and one-on-one sessions for companies to meet with NOAA individually.

Through the CWDP, NOAA is purchasing and evaluating commercial data to demonstrate the quality of the data and its potential value to NOAA’s weather forecasts and warnings. The Round 2 demonstration will focus on Global Navigation Satellite System Radio Occultation (RO) data, and will extend the work initiated by the Round 1 demonstration. 

On May 26, NESDIS issued a draft RFP for public comment. The RFP seeks on-orbit Radio Occultation data for the purposes of assessment through the CWDP. Comments received to the draft RFP will inform development of the final RFP, anticipated for release later this summer.

NOAA will use CWDP Round 2 to (1) conduct an evaluation of the data’s impact on NOAA’s numerical weather prediction models that will further support the demonstration of radio occultation data and (2) develop internal infrastructure needed to pursue procurement of commercial radio occultation data operationally. This Industry Day will focus on the details of the draft RFP and will address questions and comments raised during the public comment period. In addition to the open session, there will be an opportunity for one-on-one sessions between companies and NOAA to discuss business sensitive information. 

Note that NASA’s Earth Science Division will also be in attendance at this event. NASA ESD is conducting market research and looking for information regarding Earth science data obtained from commercial small satellite constellations. Personnel will be available for discussions with vendors after the formal industry day.

Please note: This event will include opportunities for attendees to provide their views on such matters to NOAA/NESDIS. However, consensus views from the assembled group are not being solicited by NOAA/NESDIS. To ensure compliance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, only the individual views, opinions, and recommendations of attendees will be allowed. 


Registration for this event is available here. (Note: Registration occurs on a third party site. You will be exiting this government site to register.)

Event Agenda


Time Events
10:00 am -10:05 am Opening logistics
10:05 am -10:25 am
Welcome, CWDP program overview and status        
Dr. Karen St. Germain, 
Director, NESDIS Office of System Architecture and Advanced Planning
10:25 am -10:55 am
Detailed review of draft RFP content
Sarah Waugh,
NOAA Acquisition and Grants Office
10:55 am -11:30 am
Address comments received during public comment period
11:30 am -12:00 pm Open Q&A with attendees
12:00 pm Event concludes, One-on-one sessions to follow



Monday, June 19, 2017, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM (EDT)


Silver Spring Civic Building, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD 20910

The Silver Spring Civic Building is easily accessible from the Silver Spring Metro Station. Parking information is available at 

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