The American Commercial Space Weather Association (ACSWA) was formed April 29, 2010 by commercial organizations at the Space Weather Workshop (SWW) in Boulder Colorado. It is a formal industry association representing private-sector commercial interests related to space weather. It evolved out of the decade-long effort by commercial space weather interested parties, meeting under the banner of Commercial Space Weather Interest Group (CSWIG), at the annual SWW meeting.
The objectives of ACSWA, which is led by a four-person executive committee, include:
ACSWA promotes space weather risk mitigation for critical national infrastructure related to national daily life, economic strength, and national security. ACSWA, as an association and in conjunction its member companies, is playing a vital role by identifying important data and technology gaps that can be filled by private or government actions and by developing value-added products and services for the benefit of human and property safety as well as for vibrant commerce.
Since the formation of ACSWA by 5 companies, it has doubled in size during the past 3 years, reaching a membership roster of 14 companies by the spring of 2013. Accomplishments include continued participation in and organization of the Annual NOAA-CSWIG/ACSWA Summit Meetings (2007-2013), presentations at the annual Space Weather Enterprise Forum (SWEF) in Washington DC (2010-2013), organization of the "Growing The Space Weather Enterprise" sessions at SWW, and the annual American Meteorological Society (AMS) meetings (2010-2013), recommendations that the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center (SWPC) expand its capabilities through use of the NOAA Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) program (2011 – leading to the first award in 2012), and sponsorship of the AMS Space Weather short course (2013), as well as the Space Weather Community Operations Workshops (2011, 2012, 2013).
A summary of the broad technical capabilities in space weather that are available from the association can be found in the capabilities section.