SpaceX is studying ways how it could offer weather data to the U.S. military under a potential six-month, $2M contract awarded by the Space Forceâ€™s Space Missile Systems Center in July, SpaceNews reported Wednesday.
Charlotte Gerhart, chief of SMCâ€™s Production Corps Low Earth Orbit Division, told the publication the study contract intends to â€œassess the feasibility and long term viability of a â€˜weather data as a service business model.'â€
The weather study contract secured by SpaceX from SMCâ€™s Space Enterprise Consortium is part of the Space Forceâ€™s Electro Optical/Infrared Weather System program, which looks at the capability of a future proliferated constellation in low-Earth orbit to focus on weather imagery and cloud characterization that could be supported by commercial services.
â€œThe EWS program goal remains to provide a more resilient and higher refresh capability, enhancing global terrestrial weather capability,â€ Gerhart said.