Problems with weather satellite program raise concerns


  • Sarah Zielinski


A major U.S. weather and environmental satellite program has gone over budget and is years behind schedule mostly due to poor management oversight, the U.S. Department of Commerce inspector general testified at an 11 May hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Science Committee.

The National Polar-orbiting Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) is a set of six satellites that are intended to replace weather satellites currently used by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD).As of March 2005, the program was to be completed for $6.8 billion, and the first satellite launch take place in 2009.