The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) established a forty-five (45) day period, April 3, 2006, to May 18, 2006, to accept comments from industry, other government agencies, and interested members of the public on how the eventual loss of solar wind data from the Advanced Composition Explorer (ACE) satellite will affect their business operations. More detailed information about the impact of the loss of the real time solar wind data and products can be found at http://www.weather.gov/os/space/.
The NWS National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) Space Environment Center (SEC) uses solar wind data from the ACE satellite to provide; alerts, advisories, and warnings of solar radiation storms, geomagnetic storms, and other products to support the aviation, energy, satellite, and communications industries; emergency managers; federal agencies; international partners; and private vendors. SEC both disseminates the real time data as well as using it to run space weather models.
If you would like to provide input to the NWS on the value of solar wind data and products, to your own business, activity, or enterprise, please provide your comments at:
Points of Contact: Beth McNulty or Dorothy Haldeman
National Weather Service
Office of Climate, Water and Weather Services
Aviation Services Branch
1325 East-West Highway, SSMC 2
Silver Spring MD 20910
Phone: 301-713-1726 x116 or 301-713-1726 x130
April 3, 2006 NOAA, Space Environment Center