Overview of the Nation's Weather Satellite Programs and Policies, Hearing Before the House of Representatives, Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment, Subcommittee on Oversight, One Hundred and Fourteenth Congress, First Session, December 10, 2015   [open pdf - 3MB]

This the December 10, 2015 hearing, "Overview of the Nation's Weather Satellite Programs and Policies," held before the House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Environment and Subcommittee on Oversight. From the opening statement of Jim Bridenstine: "My concerns about a gap in data were highlighted when we recently learned that a retired NOAA [National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration] satellite broke up on orbit. While this satellite was not currently in use, it raises questions: how viable are NOAA's satellites as they age? What happens when satellites are extended well beyond their designed life? What components utilized on the satellite that broke up are being used on currently operating NOAA satellites? And what design reviews of satellites being built today are being undertaken? Due to the critical role satellite observations play in forecasts, it is critical NOAA be vigilant in mitigating, preventing, and avoiding space debris. Losing an operational satellite due to space debris will severely degrade forecasts and put millions of Americans at risk. We need to be certain that our costly satellite systems remain robust and safe." Statements, letters, and other materials submitted for the record include the following: Jim Bridenstinek, Barry Loudermilk, Stephen Volz, and David Powner.

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