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A new environmental monitoring satellite is scheduled for launch this summer. It will provide improved sea surface temperature information, which is of growing significance to the fishing and marine transportation industries, weather forecasters, and others. The satellite, now designated NOAA-C but to become NOAA-7 once in orbit, will carry the most versatile scanning radiometer ever sent aloft in an environmental spacecraft. It will gather visual and infrared imagery and measurements in five spectral channels. The hardware and launch costs for NOAA-C are $15 million and $7.5 million, respectively.