The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has released a publication that describes how NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service will evaluate and procure data from commercial providers.
NOAA said in a public notice posted April 8 on Regulations.gov the comment period for the Draft NESDIS Commercial Space Activities Assessment Process will be open through May 9.
The agency looks to purchase environmental intelligence collected by commercial satellites for evaluation and analysis through a demonstration project, the notice states.
The draft publication follows the Jan. 8 release of a policy regarding the agency’s utilization of commercial space systems or services for its Earth monitoring activities.
The Commercial Space Policy and the Commercial Space Activities Assessment Process documents are intended to serve as guides for collaboration and data sharing between the agencies and vendors, according to NOAA.