DIU cooperates with the USA. Air Force Lifecycle Management Center (AFLCMC) Meteorological Systems Branch for this initiative, which seeks to obtain high-resolution (spatial and temporal) global weather data from commercial platforms.
WITH by these five companies, the DIU Global Weather Sensing project will include satellite arrays with remote sensing technology, ground-based commercial weather-specific networks and IoT technology, as well as airborne commercial platforms that determine weather parameters.
One of the requirements is that the resulting data sources and interfaces will meet the operational needs of the United States Air Force (USAF) and the Department of Defense (DoD). Specifically, they will be compatible with the US Air Force Weather Virtual Private Cloud.
The data collected during this pilot project will be made available for use in government surveillance simulation experiments, the DIU said. It can also be used for machine learning, data processing, and model training to help improve the operational model suite of the USAF meteorological community.
The Department of Defense appears to be prioritizing solutions that provide data from outside the continental United States. , said
"We are committed to developing and delivering capabilities to the Air Force and the entire DoD that create not only an information advantage, but most importantly, a decision-making advantage over near-peer competitors," said John Dreger, Meteorological Systems Division Chief, AFLCMC.
“With DIU, we are accelerating the delivery of commercial weather measurement technologies to meet operational needs.” ;
DIU describes each contract recipient as follows:
Greensight - Greensight's WeatherHive is a new type of atmospheric monitoring technology system that uses nano-sized drones to directly measure atmospheric conditions.
Muon Space – Muon Space designs, builds and deploys small satellites and scientific instruments to better understand and respond to our changing planet.
NextGen Federal Systems - NextGen Federal Systems will develop a Market Environment Data for Intelligent Applications (MEDIA) prototype to manage commercially available weather data and develop Air Force Weather (AFW) machine learning workflows and models, see right.
Tomorrow. io – Tomorrow.io will develop and use microwave (MW) radiometric sensing technology on small satellites in low Earth orbit to assess weather in the Earth's atmosphere.
Windborne Systems - WindBorne designs, builds and operates a constellation of long-range intelligent weather balloons that provide global in-situ weather observations.
Image: Muon Space - Muon Space Tester and related equipment