Because satellite technology has become so pervasive in our society, this page will present a wealth of information on this subject as indicated by the additional links found in the left-hand menu bar.

There are over 936 operating satellites in space, worth an estimated $200 billion to replace. They account for nearly $225 billion in revenue for the international telecommunications industry every year.

They are protected by NOAA's staff of 50 space weather forecasters on a reduced annual (FY05) budget of $5 million.

Functions - Describes what satellites do and who ownes them

Scope - The number of satellites in space, their replacement costs and locations

Vulnerability - Assesses the many space weather-related risks to operation

Insurance - How satellite owners recoup their losses in the event of a satellite failure