In early 2018, we launched the first satellite in our operational constellation. (You can see the location of that satellite in real-time, at this third-party site: n2yo.com). Over the course of 2018, we expanded the operational envelope of that spacecraft, learned its quirks, both good and bad, and evolved it to high-availability, real-time operations.
That satellite also set a few records: In April 2018, we uploaded a software update that allowed the satellite to collect the first Glonass occultations ever gathered from space.
By November 1, 2018, the first day of our Commercial Weather Data Pilot contract with NOAA, that first satellite was gathering several hundred occultations per day with a duty cycle above 75% and delivering them to NOAA within minutes of downlink. When our following two satellites launched in November and December, everything was in place for our partners at Tyvak Nano-Satellite Systems to put them into operations within hours of launch. Over the course of the next 11 months, we delivered more than 300,000 occultations to NOAA, each within just a few hours of data gathering, along with similarly large quantities of space weather data.
In the last two years, we have transformed from a company that develops some great technologies to one that deploys and operates them, all day, every day. It has taken an enormous team effort from everyone here at GeoOptics and at our partners, but we are happy to be here.
Now we’re eager for the next steps, including incorporation of our data into real-time weather forecasts that are available to everyone.