In late May, the Chair of the Hosted Payload Alliance – and the Corporate Vice President of Government Market Solutions at SES – Nicole Robinson, testified at a hearing by the House Subcommittee on Environment entitled, “Advancing Commercial Weather Data: Collaborative Efforts to Improve Forecasts.”
The hearing focused on the how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – collects and utilizes weather data. In her testimony, Ms. Robinson detailed some of the reasons why NOAA should include hosted payloads as one of the “new and responsive acquisition practices” they could utilize to further weather sensing capabilities.
We recently had the opportunity to sit down with Ms. Robinson to learn more about what hosted payloads are, what benefits they could deliver to NOAA and other federal agencies, and why hosted payloads are a feasible alternative to the traditional method of putting satellite payloads into orbit.
Here is what Ms. Robinson had to say:
For additional information on hosted payloads, their benefits to the federal government and how they can provide economical access to space for government agencies and branches of the military, download the SES hosted payload white paper by clicking HERE.