The committee will prepare a final report to be delivered in Fall 2005 focusing on needs for satellite-based measurements of tropical rainfall in 2006 and beyond. Specific issues to be addressed include:

  • Lessons learned regarding extension of TRMM that would be applicable to other NASA research and development satellites with operational applications and for which extension decisions will be made in the future;

  • Any requirement to plan a new follow-on operational satellite that can provide data currently provided by TRMM;

  • Optimal use of the Global Precipitation Mission, a spacecraft planned for launch in 2011, which is a research follow-on to TRMM.

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