Estimated life cycle cost: $890 million
Estimated impact of COVID 19 in 2020: $60 million
Estimated future impact: $29.2 million and a nine-month launch delay
Causes: Schedule slippages in manufacturing, delivery, assembly and testing.
What is Plankton, Aerosol, Cloud, Ocean Ecosystem (PACE)?
PACE is a satellite that will observe global ocean biology, tiny particles suspended in the atmosphere, and clouds. According to NASA, the end goal is to assess the health of the ocean, air quality, and the Earth’s climate.
PACE comprises two main science instruments — an Ocean Color Instrument (OCI) and Multi-angle Polarimeters. NASA believes that they will be a major advance in satellite observing technology and be capable of monitoring any changes in our ecosystem.
The instruments will also be able to observe the ways in which the atmosphere and ocean interact.