Lampson Expresses Concern over QuikSCAT Satellite to NASA Administrator, NOAA Undersecretary
May 8, 2007
Vice Admiral Conrad C. Lautenbacher, Jr.
Undersecretary, National Oceanic Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
1401 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20230
Dear Undersecretary Lautenbacher,
In July 2004, Members of this Committee wrote to the President to ask that NASA be directed to maintain operation of the Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM) satellite, which it had intended to shut down. We learned after NASA’s announcement that data from that satellite was making significant contribution to both NOAA and the Navy in tracking hurricanes. Fortunately, the agencies have worked together to continue TRMM operation. Still, we remain concerned that TRMM can remain in service until the launch of the successor Global Precipitation Measurement Mission.