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The Applied Meteorology Unit (AMU) is a tri-agency cooperative effort for transitioning new techniques from the research arena to improve operational weather forecasting and analysis in support of the National space program.

It is operated under contract to NASA and is co-located with the 45th Weather Squadron at the Multi-Domain Operations Center (MDOC) on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida.

The AMU supports 45th Weather Squadron forecasters who provide weather support for expendable vehicle ground processing and launches and the National Weather Service (NWS) Office in Melbourne, Florida, that provides daily regional forecasts.

The AMU has recent experience in mesoscale model verification, development of statistical forecast tools and analysis of observational data from rawinsondes, wind sensors, radar and lightning detection systems. The quarterly reports highlight the current work performed by the AMU.


The AMU develops, evaluates, and transitions technology to operations for weather support to America's space program.


Excellence, integrity, and responsiveness to customers.


The AMU team evaluates research conducted at universities, public and private laboratories, and the private sector, then acts as a bridge, transitioning those research results into applications used for operations by the 45th Weather Squadron and the NWS in Melbourne, Florida.

The AMU is funded and managed by NASA and hosted by the U.S. Space Force (USSF), co-located with the 45th Weather Squadron on Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida. It is tasked by its customers through a cooperative effort of NASA, the USSF, and NWS.


The AMU develops products that exploit weather technology to increase safety, reduce cost, and lessen weather impacts to space operations such as:
  1. Tools that produce more precise forecasts of the location and timing of weather hazards
  2. Methods to optimize the use of sensors
  3. Local numerical weather prediction systems tailored to operational requirements
  4. Techniques to improve the quality, accuracy, and utility of locally collected data


The AMU uses local and national data sets, state-of-the-art computing hardware, sophisticated software packages, and rigorous and effective analysis techniques in the execution of tasks.