Priority Mismatch Between Space Science and Operations

In this Space Weather Journal article, O’Brien, Mazur, and Fennell discuss the mismatch between the priority for space scientists with applications for operations and what operators are interested in.

“The space science community has many motivations for setting its priorities. Space scientists and the organizations that fund their research often state a desire to provide relevant research results to benefit the broader society. Satellite operators are routinely cited as customers for the results of space science research, especially research that falls into the category of space weather. However, a significant mismatch has developed between the priorities of well-meaning space scientists and their intended audience of satellite operators. The scientific community prioritizes forecasting higher than does the satellite operator, and the scientific community places a lower priority on some phenomena and particle populations that are of vital interest to satellite operations.”

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