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Hearing on Polar Weather Satellites

By Keith Cowing
September 23, 2011
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“The National Polar Orbiting Satellite System (NPOESS) was to be the United States’ next-generation satellite system to monitor the Earth’s weather, atmosphere, oceans, land and near-space environment, replacing the Department of Defense’s (DOD’s) and NOAA’s polar orbiting satellites. However, the polar orbiting satellite acquisition program was neglected and mismanaged.”
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“The ability to do timely and accurate weather forecasting is not at question here, and should not be compromised,” said E&E Chairman Andy Harris (R-MD). “However, given the number of problems this program has experienced, the time has come to talk about what is the best way for NOAA to obtain the necessary data to do these forecasts. And by best way, I mean the most efficient and cost effective way.”
Polar Satellites: Agencies Need to Address Potential Gaps in Weather and Climate Data Coverage, GAO
Statement by Rep. Paul Broun
Statement by Rep. Andy Harris
Statement by Rep. Miller
Statement by Rep. Donna Edwards
Testimony by Kathryn Sullivan
Testimony by Christopher Scolese
Hearing Charter

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