Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellites
Restructuring Is Under Way, but Technical Challenges and Risks Remain : Report to Congressional Requesters
The National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) is a tri-agency acquisition--managed by the Departments of Commerce and Defense and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration--which experienced escalating costs, schedule delays, and technical difficulties. These factors led to a June 2006 decision to restructure the program thereby decreasing the program's complexity, increasing its estimated cost to $12.5 billion, and delaying the first two satellites by 3 to 5 years. GAO was asked to (1) assess progress in restructuring the acquisition, (2) evaluate progress in establishing an effective management structure, (3) assess the reliability of the cost ...
[Washington, D.C.] : U.S. Govt. Accountability Office, 
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iii, 57 p. : digital, PDF file