Satellite Program Schedules Challenge Space Qualified Component Industry
By Paul Kruczkowski, Editor
Based on recent discussions I’ve had with space qualified component manufacturers, one of the biggest challenges currently facing the industry is extensive program schedules fraught with delays. One such beleaguered program is the Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS), tasked with developing the next generation of polar-orbiting satellites. Program delays have pushed back the launch of the new technology until at least 2017, which is beyond the operation life of the current polar-orbiting satellites. These satellites provide essential data to weather prediction computer models to increase forecast accuracy. This delay has prompted the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to seek public input for ideas on how to preserve its weather forecast quality should a gap in coverage occur.
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