NOAA Seeks Commercial Sources of Space Situational Awareness Data

SILVER SPRING, Md. (NOAA PR) — Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released a Space Object Commercial Data Request for Information (RFI).

NOAA is soliciting information from commercial satellite tracking providers on data products, services, and capabilities to support development of an Open Architecture Data Repository (OADR) for commercial space situational awareness.

Responses to this RFI will be used to inform plans for OADR development and other acquisition activities related to commercial space situational awareness by NOAA and other government agencies. In such studies, commercial data may be acquired, processed, evaluated, assessed for potential operational uses, and archived.

NOAA may also be interested in pursuing joint public/private partnerships to develop commercial data sources where current capabilities are not sufficiently mature.

The RFI will close on March 21, 2022.

Details of the RFI and instructions for providing information are available at link below.

View/respond to RFI at

Committee Leaders Question Biden Administration’s Efforts to Address Space Debris Issues

The scales of the space debris problem (Credit: ESA)

WASHINGTON (Senate Commerce Committee PR) – U.S. Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., ranking member and chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, along with Sens. Cynthia Lummis, R-Wyo., and John Hickenlooper, D-Colo., ranking member and chair of the Subcommittee on Space and Science, today sent a letter requesting that Vice President Kamala Harris prioritize space debris issues in her role as chair of the National Space Council. The Senators also sent a letter to Department of Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo to inquire about the department’s outer space-related efforts following Russia’s destructive anti-satellite test two weeks ago.