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USAF Spends Part of Funds Allotted for Commercial Satellite Data

The U.S. Air Force used $7M for commercial satellite weather data as part of an effort to determine whether or not the data would meet military requirements, Space News reported Thursday.

The obligated funds come from the service branch's congress-approved $20M budget for the Commercial Weather Data Pilot Program. John Dreher, weather systems branch chief at Massachusetts-based Hanscom Air Force Base, said at the American Meteorological Society's recent conference that $3M in contracts are underway.

The service branch is also working with accelerator organizations to award contracts at a faster rate, the report noted.

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