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Accession Number ADA564973
Title Options for Modernizing Military Weather Satellites.
Publication Date Sep 2012
Media Count 36p
Personal Author M. Bennett
Abstract Over the next several years, the Department of Defense (DoD) will launch the last of its weather satellites, which it uses to plan military operations and generate weather forecasts. Long-running efforts to develop replacements for those satellites encountered schedule and cost difficulties, and in December 2011, the Congress directed DoD to cancel its latest program and to prepare for a follow-on program. DoD's plans now call for a new development effort, but it has not yet determined the capabilities it wants in that satellite. In this paper, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) examines three different satellite design concepts that DoD might consider and compares the cost and capability of those designs. The paper also discusses alternative approaches that DoD might take, such as fielding single instruments on several small satellites instead of several instruments on a single satellite, and foregoing a new generation of military weather satellites altogether and instead relying on other sources for weather data.
Keywords Costs
Department of defense
Dmsp(Defense meteorological satellite program)
Edr(Environmental data records)
Infrared imagers
Infrared images
Instrumentation options
Kpp(Key performance parameters)
Life expectancy(Service life)
Meteorological satellites
Microwave imagers
Military capabilities
Military modernization
Military planning
Modernization options
Polar orbit trajectories
Polar-orbiting weather satellite programs
Risk analysis
Satellite design concepts
Satellite imagery
Satellite options
Space environment sensors
Weather forecasting
Wsf(Weather satellite follow- on)

Source Agency Non Paid ADAS
NTIS Subject Category 55C - Meteorological Data Collection, Analysis, & Weather Forecast
96 - Business & Economics
74 - Military Sciences
74G - Military Operations, Strategy, & Tactics
84G - Unmanned Spacecraft
Corporate Author Congressional Budget Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note Working paper.
NTIS Issue Number 1304
Contract Number N/A

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