Commercial Spaceflight And The Dawning Age of NewSpace

Chris McCormick on PlanetiQ’s launch plans, NOAA’s commercial weather pilot |

PlanetiQ was formed in 2012 to create a commercial constellation of satellites specifically focused on gathering near real-time, high-quality weather, climate and space weather data.

An initial set of microsatellites are to be deployed in 2017 each toting a novel sensor, the “Pyxis” — a radio occultation device able to regularly ping the lowest layers of Earth’s atmosphere where severe weather action takes place. The PlanetiQ constellation is slated to collect over 30,000 soundings per day, evenly distributed around the globe.

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