Space Weather

The Priority Mismatch Between Space Science and Satellite Operations


Corresponding author: Paul O'Brien, The Aerospace Corporation, 15049 Conference Center Drive, CH3/330, Chantilly, VA, 20151-3824, USA. (

Key Points

  • Scientists prioritize forecasting higher than do satellite operators
  • Scientists deemphasize some phenomena vital to satellite operations
  • Understanding priorities can expand the societal return on science investment