Landsat update



On September 26, after a 6-week delay, then-deputy administrator Anthony J. Calio of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) signed a contract for commercialization of the government's land remote-sensing satellite (Landsat) system. The following day the Earth Observing Satellite Company (EOSAT), a joint venture of RCA and the Hughes Aircraft Company, assumed operation of the currently operating Landsats 4 and 5. Under the contract the new company also will receive $250 million from the federal government over a 5-year period to start building Landsats 6 and 7 (Eos, August 20, 1985, p. 604). Calio has since been sworn in as administrator of NOAA.