Utah State University and the Advanced Weather Systems Foundation have teamed with GeoMetWatch, a privately held company, to dramatically improve the accuracy and timeliness of severe weather forecasting, enabling the preservation of lives and property, at a fraction of the cost of current methods.

An advanced state-of-the-art instrument is required for this purpose, which AWS will design and manufacture, called the Sounding and Tracking Observatory for Regional Meteorology, or STORM sensor.

GeoMetWatch, together with AWS and other strategic partners will integrate and launch a constellation of six STORM sensors into geostationary orbit as a co-hosted payload, to provide global severe weather forecast capability.

STORM is a USTAR-funded project and the only USTAR project to date that has received significant capital investment. GeoMetWatch has recently secured significant Series A funding.