A review panel has apparently dealt the decisive blow to the use of massive platforms for NASA's Earth Observing System. The engineering review panel, chaired by Edward Frieman, director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography, also urged NASA to cooperate with the Departments of Defense and Energy and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to get EOS off the ground as quickly as possible. The panel also expressed considerable skepticism about EOSDIS, the system's vast information system.
Frieman discussed the panel's findings on September 26 before the House science committee's subcommittee on space. The panel, charged by the president in March 1991 with reviewing the platform configuration and launch sequence of EOS, released its report on September 23.