GOES-I delay urged by House Committee


  • Susan Bush


A near-crisis situation with the GOES-Next (next generation of Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites) program seems to be nearing a resolution. Howard Wolpe (D-Mich.), chairman, and Sherwood Boehlert (R-N.Y.), ranking Republican of the House Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight recently recommended that Commerce Secretary Robert Mosbacher delay the GOES-I launch, which is scheduled for December 1992.

Although officials from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration have recently stated that NASA would be able to meet the December 1992 launch of GOES-I within a budget, Wolpe and Boehlert urge Mosbacher “to accept NASA's plans and assurances with caution.” It is possible, they said, that “NASA's judgment has become clouded by the rush to launch.” NASA is responsible for implementing the satellite's design, which is provided by NOAA.