- Associated Press - Thursday, February 12, 2015

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma is chairing a committee that’s investigating federal weather satellite programs and the potential gap in coverage for weather forecasting. 

Bridenstine, the chairman of the Environment Subcommittee, examined the status of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s two primary satellite systems - the Joint Polar Satellite System and the Geostationary Environmental Operational Satellite System.

The satellites collect data that is fed into weather models used by meteorologists to make forecasts. 

Bridenstine says he wants to make sure current programs don’t experience delays or cost overruns and explore using commercial satellites to fill gaps and aid government capabilities, among other goals.

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