Earth resources satellites (31 - 36 of 36 items)
Weather Satellites: User Views on the Consequences of Eliminating a Civilian Polar Orbiter
RCED-86-111: Published: Mar 7, 1986. Publicly Released: Mar 7, 1986.
In response to a congressional request, GAO examined: (1) how the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Department of Defense (DOD), and foreign countries use NOAA polar-orbiting satellites; (2) how the loss of one or both satellites would affect these users; (3) the extent to which the two NOAA geostationary weather s...
Weather Satellite Costs Have Increased: Problems Have Occurred in Their Manufacturing Quality Control
RCED-86-28: Published: Oct 31, 1985. Publicly Released: Nov 20, 1985.
Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO reviewed the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) policies and practices for planning and procuring its weather satellites, including quality assurance practices and the reasons for the increasing weather satellite costs.GAO found that two problems occurred in the quality control of weather satellite manufacturing: (1) both polar orbitin...
Effects on Users of Commercializing Landsat and the Weather Satellites
RCED-84-93: Published: Feb 24, 1984. Publicly Released: Mar 6, 1984.
The Department of Commerce's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) operates two remote sensing satellite systems, the weather satellites and Landsat, which produce data for worldwide use. In March 1983, NOAA announced its decision to transfer these satellites to private enterprise because it believes that commercialization will lead to better market development for these systems....
Costs and Uses of Remote Sensing Satellites
RCED-83-111: Published: Mar 4, 1983. Publicly Released: Mar 4, 1983.
GAO was requested to provide background information concerning a possible transfer of the Federal Government's civil remote sensing satellites, which include both Landsat and weather satellites, to the private sector. Specifically, GAO determined: (1) what Landsat and weather satellite data the various Federal agencies are using and how much they are paying for the service; (2) whether the Nationa...
Cost/Benefit Analysis--A Legislative Branch Viewpoint
110842: Nov 6, 1979
GAO reviews of three remote sensing information systems were presented with regard to economic and cost/benefit analysis issues. The 1975 review of the Landsat program included the production of additional satellites, production of Landsat photo-products and computer compatible tapes, and a variety of National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) sponsored technical investigations. The obje...
Crop Forecasting by Satellite: Progress and Problems
PSAD-78-52: Published: Apr 7, 1978. Publicly Released: Apr 7, 1978.
The Department of Agriculture (USDA), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) are trying to improve forecasts of foreign wheat production by using Landsat satellite imagery and weather data. The Large Area Crop Inventory Experiment (LACIE) is designed to determine the usefulness and cost-effectiveness of using Landsat...