Mar 29 2015

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House committee approves bill for commercial weather satellites

House SS&T Approves Legislation for Commercial Weather Satellite Pilot Program. Now this could turn out to be interesting…over time NOAA wouldn’t be a satellite sponsor/builder, but a data purchaser instead.

I can’t see this not getting through Congress in some form or another. I’d bet that Obama would sign it — the one single area of success in his entire administration (unless his plan all along was to make the US weak and vulnerable) is turning over NASA crew launches to the private sector. This would be a similar shift for NOAA.

Of course, the cynic in me wonders if Spire doesn’t have friends in Congress. Hopefully this is just Congresscritters applying some common sense and recognizing the commercial sector can do a better job of generating data than .gov can.

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