The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is wasting no time mounting its new civil polar weather satellite program for a first launch in 2014, while the agency’s former partner on Npoess, the U.S. Air Force, moves at a slightly more measured pace toward orbiting a system in Fiscal 2018. Though plans are not yet firm for both systems, Northrop Grumman, prime contractor for the dismantled National Polar-Orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (Npoess), has a lot ...

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