The fiscal year 2018 budget request for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration offers full funding for ongoing major weather satellite programs while deferring work on future efforts.
American remote sensing startups want to stay in the United States, but they must plan for overseas operations due to uncertainty in the regulatory approval process.
A variety of new space technologies are emerging in the U.S. space industry, and policymakers should look for ways to facilitate this innovation and make these technologies more accessible to civil, commercial, and military space customers.
The Trump administration is asking Congressional appropriators to cut $90 million from NOAA weather satellite programs and $50 million from NASA science programs in any fiscal year 2017 spending bills they approve in the next month.
A regulatory system crafted a quarter-century ago is failing to keep up with an evolving commercial remote sensing industry, which companies say is slowing down their efforts to develop new satellite systems and capabilities.
NASA Acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot said that a new NASA authorization bill should provide continuity for the agency’s programs despite swirling questions about potential budget cuts.
Budget documents for the fiscal year 2018 proposal call for a 17 percent cut in NOAA's overall budget.
NASA awarded a contract to United Launch Alliance March 3 for the launch of the second in a series of next-generation polar-orbiting weather satellites.
Wilbur Ross wrote that he will "continue to research, monitor, and report climate information to the public."
The first in a new generation of geostationary orbit weather satellites is performing well in its initial post-launch tests, although months of work lie ahead before the satellite is declared operational.
The Air Force is considering taking over an existing geostationary orbit weather satellite operated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to help fill a gap in coverage over the Indian Ocean.
As a Senate committee approved a new version of a space weather research bill Jan. 24, officials at government agencies said they have seen little sign of changes to ongoing efforts in this field despite the transition in administrations.
A meeting of atmospheric and space scientists this week will feature enthusiasm about a new generation of weather satellites tempered by uncertainty about the future of key programs in the Trump administration.