NASA's Earth Observing System:

Estimated Funding Requirements

NSIAD-95-175: Published: Jun 9, 1995. Publicly Released: Jun 21, 1995.

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Pursuant to a congressional request, GAO estimated the total funding requirements for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Earth Observing System (EOS).

GAO found that: (1) GAO estimated that funding requirements for the EOS baseline program would total about $33 billion for fiscal years 1991 through 2022; (2) NASA is studying ways to reduce future EOS funding requirements and expects to substantially change the baseline program when these studies are completed in July 1995; (3) according to NASA officials, preliminary results of these studies indicate that technology development and operational improvements could reduce annual funding for the second and third satellites in each series by as much as 30 percent; (4) if NASA were able to reduce annual funding by 30 percent in future years, GAO's estimate of total funding requirements drops to $27 billion; (5) NASA officials believe that further reductions may be possible from increased collaboration with other agencies, international partners, and the commercial sector; and (6) it remains to be seen whether NASA will be able to achieve the level of reductions being discussed.

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