Dying old satellites jeopardize future storm coverage


11 Responses to “Dying old satellites jeopardize future storm coverage”

  1. spocko says:

    Let The Market pay for it.  Surely we don’t really NEED this information, it’s just nice to have. If we really needed it we would be willing to pay for it, right? And private enterprise is the the way these things work best. If only Government would get out of the way, private enterprise could throw up a few satellites and charge the Government a reasonable fee (plus profit). 

    They will want you to believe that “private industry” could do all this better but what they neglect to say how much that will cost. But we should just trust them and hand over the contracts like we did to KBR in Iraq.  

  2. Boundegar says:

    What kind of people want to squander YOUR money on satellites?  Tax-and-spend liberals, that’s who!

  3. i say we make the network news station that brags the most about ratings take care of it.

  4. anansi133 says:

    considering how far we’ve let the infrastructure down here degrade, why should our assets up there be treated any different?

  5. The gods control the weather.  We don’t need satellites, we need priests with an interest in meteorology.

  6. BonzoDog1 says:

    The church ladies can have a bake sale.

  7. Shinkuhadoken says:

    If only there were some sort of program, one that could shuttle astronauts to space to fix and launch satellites as well as perform scientific advancement for the public good.

    • robcat2075 says:

       The Shuttle as we knew it couldn’t get close to the geo-stationary orbit of the satellites in question. However, there is no shortage of launch capability; only unmanned rockets are required.

  8. gadgetphile says:

    Deja vu. Didn’t we go through this same problem say, twenty years ago?

  9. Don says:

    I used to work at Raytheon in their JPSS program.  The weather satellites we’re talking about are in polar orbit, not geostationary orbit.  I asked why the satellites have a projected useful life of only 5 years, and was told that battery failure is the usual cause of death.

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