Those who spend much of their time at sea know there are many perilous situations that can happen. Bad weather, mechanical problems, and injuries are challenging and all can contribute to larger problems.
From July 17 to Aug. 4, 2023, a team of NOAA and industry uncrewed aircraft professionals conducted flight operations at Vandenberg Space Force Base in Lompoc, California, to expand the agency’s use of uncrewed aircraft to gather mission critical data.
NOAA has awarded three Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contracts to five small business manufacturers of uncrewed marine systems with a potential combined value of $22.5 million. IDIQ contracts allow the agency to streamline the processing and delivery of commercial products and services from industry vendors.