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Weather Service picks no-GOES option.

The National Weather Service faced a dilemma this summer: The sole geostationary satellite used to monitor weather conditions over the United States would reach the end of its scheduled lifetime next year, yet equipment malfunctions and construction delays continued to plague the NASA-built replacement (SN:7/6/91, p.5).

Rather than rely on NASA's promiseto complete the new satellite by December 1992, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced this month that it would borrow an orbiting satellite owned by the European Space Agency. Under the agreement now being negotiated, a European satellite called Meteosat-3 -- now hovering over part of South America -- would move farther west in order to provide crucial coverage of U.S. weather in case the U.S. craft fails. Meteosat-3's expected lifetime exceeds that of the aging U.S. craft, known as GOES-7, by more than a year.
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Title Annotation:National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to borrow weather satellite from Europe
Publication:Science News
Date:Sep 28, 1991
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