Town Hall Meeting: NASA’s Earth Science—Flight Program Investments in and Planning for the Next-Generation Earth Observatories

Wednesday, 9 January 2013: 12:15 PM-1:15 PM
Ballroom A (Austin Convention Center)
Hosts: (Joint between the Town Hall Meetings; and the Third Conference on Transition of Research to Operations )

NASA has eight (8) Earth observing space missions currently in formulation and development, all scheduled to launch before the end of 2017. These include LDCM (2013), GPM, SMAP, SAGE III, and OCO-2 (all in 2014), ICESat-2 and CYGNSS (2016), and GRACE FO (2017). These eight will join the pantheon of existing US and international fleet of weather, climate and research satellites. But what is next? NASA’s Earth Science Division is working now, in collaboration with NOAA, the USGS, DOE and international partners, on science studies, technology investments, and mission definition studies to prepare the next generation of satellites and observations for launch in 2019 and soon thereafter. At this Town Hall meeting we will present the progress and plans for these next generation missions, including mission concepts from the 2007 NRC Decadal Survey ( and from the 2010 NASA Climate Plan ( We will identify opportunities for greater interaction with the NASA missions already in formulation and development, as well as opportunities for future collaboration as we move forward with thisnext generation of missions and measurements. For further information, please contact Stephen Volz (

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