The Plan

The Problem:

  • 2000 deaths and injuries annually in the United States caused by severe weather
  • More than $7.5 billion in property damage in the United States annually
  • Tornado warning times are measured in minutes—often single digits
  • Hurricane landfall predictions are unwieldy and cause significant expense and turmoil
  • Cost for coastline evacuation exceeds $1 million/mile
  • The primary weather satellite system in the US began in the early 1970s. Though inadequate in many ways, it remains the principal satellite system to assist forecasters today

The Mandate:

  • In the past decade, significant dollars have been spent in development of state-of-the-art weather instruments with marginal results
  • Requirement remains in Congress that a “mid-decade deployment of an advanced hyperspectral sounder” occur; the U.S. Government is actively searching for a commercial solution

GeoMetWatch is the first and only company to receive a U.S. Department of Commerce Remote Sensing License to operate a global, commercial, geostationary, hyperspectral imaging/sounding system.

The U.S. Government is required to purchase data from U.S. commercial sources that meet existing or future observational requirements. Advanced geostationary hyperspectral sounding remains an essential observational requirement of the U.S. Government as demonstrated most recently in the FY2012 Omnibus Bill:

“Severe Storm Forecasts - The Committee is concerned that NOAA depends on 30-year-old technology to forecast severe storms, despite the existence of advanced remote sensing technology that could significantly improve forecasting capability and increase warning times. Therefore, the Committee directs NOAA to develop a plan for a mid-decade deployment of an advanced hyper-spectral sounder to improve the forecasting of severe weather and do so in the most timely, efficient and cost-effective means possible….”

The Market:

  • Seventy-six satellites launched each year for the past 10 years
  • Expected 50% growth in launch rate over next 10 years
  • Customer base is global, not regional or local
  • Each STORM sensor will yield revenue of $150 million yearly
  • Six satellites yield total revenue of $900 million annually

The Solution:

  • Provide real time constant severe weather data to customers
  • Increase tornado warning times from minutes to hours
  • Decrease hurricane landfall uncertainties up to 50%
  • Provide insight to greenhouse and pollutant gas generation, volcanic ash distribution and climate modeling
  • Provide technically accurate solution to directional uncertainties
  • Place development risk on industry rather than government
  • Meet the U.S. Government mandate of mid-decade launch
  • Cost is a fraction of conventional methods

Data collected and delivered by GeoMetWatch from geostationary orbit is essential for government weather agencies to accurately predict severe weather and provide life-saving early warning of potentially fatal weather.

Using perfected infrared sensor technology and a cost-saving co-hosted deployment concept, GeoMetWatch is able to deliver a highly attractive, unparalleled value proposition to sovereign governments around the globe to collect and disseminate processed atmospheric data from geostationary orbit enabling accurate and early life-saving warnings provided by severe weather forecasts.

The Strategy:

  • Leverage prior government investment and know-how of strategic partners
  • Place six sensors in orbit, retrieve data and sell data products to sovereign countries
  • Launch as part of a co-hosted payload
  • GeoMetWatch will deliver to customers highly attractive, unparalleled data from geostationary orbit that will enable accurate and early life-saving warning s for severe weather forecasts