The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration anticipates obtaining data from various government satellites and commercial sensors as it plans for its future satellite observing architecture, SpaceNews reported Monday. Karen St. Germain, director of NOAAâs office of systems architecture and advanced planning for satellite and information service, said the Joint Polar Satellite System in low-Earth orbit could feed data to the agency in the mid-2030s.
Germain noted that NOAA can look for approaches to leverage new acquisition measures and commercial technology platforms to build up data derived from JPSS and that the agencyâs near-term focus is to have imagers in geostationary orbit by 2030. She said the agency started collecting data from âa half dozenâ satellitesÂ operated by foreign partners in the last year, including Indiaâs Scatterometer Satellite and Japanâs Himawari 8 weather satellite.
NOAAâs Satellite Observing System Architecture studyÂ underscored the value of imagery collection in Tundra orbits to enhance high-latitude regional observations.
âParticularly in the high latitudes, we believe weâre going to be seeing more drilling, more fishing, more tourism, more shipping,â St. Germain said. âThatâs going to mean we need more situational awareness when it comes to the risks associated with weather and environmental phenomenon. Thatâs a capability weâre looking at in the future architecture.â