Commercializing Landsat and the Weather Satellites

Published: Jan 1, 1985. Publicly Released: Jan 1, 1985.

Additional Materials:

Contact:

Office of Public Affairs
(202) 512-4800
youngc1@gao.gov

This article, which appeared in the GAO Review, Vol. 20, Issue 1, Winter 1985, discusses the transfer of Landsat, a civilian land remote sensing satellite, and other weather satellites to the private sector in order to develop a better market for the program. GAO found that satellite experts objected to the sale because the federal government is the main user of the satellites, and they feared that private satellite operators would charge exorbitant user fees. GAO held a seminar at an international satellite conference and found that foreign countries were concerned about their investments in ground stations under commercialization. Foreign users were also concerned about the continuity and equal distribution of data under private sector satellite management. In preparation for 1984 legislation, GAO also reviewed the costs and uses of remote sensing satellite commercialization and the national security implications of the sale.

Dec 12, 2017

Dec 6, 2017

Oct 19, 2017

Oct 4, 2017

Aug 9, 2017

Jun 9, 2017

May 16, 2017

Apr 27, 2017

Mar 23, 2017

Looking for more? Browse all our products here