US not losing its foothold in Earth observing satellites, only shifting power |
22 May 2012
Speculations are emerging that the U.S. may be losing its foothold in Earth observing satellites technology, which could inevitably lead to a science community that is behind the times. However, the one thing these reports fail to account for is the up-and-coming commercialized space industry.
Reports from several news agencies point to a new study by the American Meteorological Society Policy Program, as well as expert sources, to show how the economic downturn and federal budget deficits are putting a stronghold on building and maintaining Earth observation, science and service capabilities.
One particular report by CNN writer Matt Smith focuses on the current satellites in orbit, and how launch failures and budget crunches are threatening the United State’s powerhouse position in Earth-sciences.
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