Geomagnetic or solar storms can occur when clouds from coronal mass ejections interact with the Earth's magnetic field, potentially interfering with GPS technology used in vehicles as well as the ability of aircraft systems to accurately assess a plane's distance from the ground for landing.
The Climate Services for Resilient Development public-private partnership was launched with more than $34 million in financial and in-kind contributions from the federal government and seven other institutions and governments.
Since inception, the GOES-R series – which includes GOES-R,-S,-T, and-U satellites – has had several major setbacks due to changes in scope and costs, lack of certain experienced personnel, and even the impact from sequestration, resulting in several launch delays.
While the report said that most agencies are "fence sitters," there are those who are unwilling or hesitant to move to the cloud because these "box huggers...fear loss of control and getting blamed for failure."
Agencies have increasingly looked beyond federal employees and turned to public competitions to find innovative solutions to vexing problems, says a recently released Office of Science and Technology Policy report. And that's saved the government money in the long run.
The agency announced the founding class of data scientists will seek new insights from the exponentially growing repository of NASA data that includes technical and scientific datasets, records, reports, simulations, videos, images and other information.
The basic design of NASA's Space Based Infrared System – a key component of the military's missile warning and defense system – is years old and some components are obsolete, but alternative technologies for the launch of the fifth and sixth satellite in the constellation were not considered because a report on other design options came too late in the acquisition process, according to an oversight report.
NASA is currently on schedule for time and cost with its James Webb Space Telescope, but could slip off schedule if it continues to use outdated risk analysis methods and drain its schedule reserves, says a March 24 Government Accountability Office report.
The cost of NASA's major projects have increased over the last year, but the growth in costs was relatively low compared to historic levels, says a March 24 Government Accountability Office report.
The Pre-Aersol Clouds and ocean Ecosystem, or PACE, mission will study the Earth's oceans and atmosphere and learn more about the role of marine phytoplanton – which are microscopic ocean algae – in the global carbon cycle.