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on schedule for time and cost with its James Webb Space Telescope, but could slip off schedule if it continues to use outdated risk analysis methods and drain its schedule reserves, says a March 24 Government Accountability Office report.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.
The study, published Feb. 12 in the journal Science Advances, projected that higher levels of man-made greenhouse gas emissions increased the risk of droughts that can last for three decades or more, in these regions – even greater than what's been seen during the last 1,000 years.
The National Science Foundation called on Congress Monday to fund the agency at $7.7 billion for fiscal 2016. That's an increase of $379 million over the fiscal 2015 levels, says a Feb. 2 NSF statement.
The Commerce Department would see a a 15.3-percent hike in discretionary funding under President Obama's fiscal 2016 budget proposal – receiving $9.8 billion, up from $8.5 billion for the current fiscal year.
Even though overall trust in the government is near historic lows, the public expressed favorable views toward the individual agencies in a Jan. 22 Pew Research Center poll. Wide majorities of people express favorable views of such government agencies as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NASA and the Defense Department.
President Obama once again flexed his executive muscles in his penultimate State of the Union speech Tuesday night, though not through promises of executive orders like he did last year. This year Obama promised to veto any bills that would undo the his healthcare and immigration policies.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration continues to face cost overruns and delays in key program milestones as it readies the launch of the first of four next-generation weather satellites next year.