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Officials last week revealed that the U.S. contribution to ITER could cost $3.9 billion by 2034—roughly four times the...
An experimental hepatitis B drug that looked safe in animal trials tragically killed five of 15 patients in 1993. Now,...
Using the two high-quality genomes that exist for Neandertals and Denisovans, researchers find clues to gene activity...
A new report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) concludes that humanity has done little to slow...
Astronomers have discovered an Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a red dwarf—a star cooler than the sun—500...
Three years ago, Jennifer Francis of Rutgers University proposed that a warming Arctic was altering the behavior of the...
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Weather Satellite System Criticized in Review
1 October 2010 4:27 pm
Backup plans are inadequate for a key satellite system run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says the Government Accountability Office (GAO), which issued a critical report today. The GOES-R craft will take the place of the existing series of similar crafts providing weather and environmental data while hovering in geostationary orbit over North America. But GAO says that NOAA hasn't set up sufficient contingency procedures so as to cover possible failures of the three satellites that will be in orbit before the expected 2015 launch of GOES-R.
A review by GAO last year found the system to be a year behind schedule and to have cut its capabilities from 81 separate data products to 34. Originally budgeted for $7 billion, said GAO, the system now faces a 10% cost overrun.