November 3, 2005—The United States will spend a total of $3.4 billion replacing its old fleet of weather-monitoring satellites. The year 2010 will see first launch of a National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) satellite. This is a joint venture of the Air Force, the Department of Commerce, and NASA.
Source: Congressional Budget Office, The Long-Term Implications of Current Plans for Investment in Major Unclassified Military Space Programs, September 12, 2005.
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