P.M. BRIEFING : Quayle Claims He Saved Satellites

From Times wire services

Vice President Dan Quayle, chairman of the National Space Council, has found money to save two crucial environmental satellites from being shut down March 31, his office said today.

The Landsat satellites beam data and images to 14 ground stations worldwide.

Quayle and Mark Albrecht, executive secretary of the space council, met with the primary users of the satellites on Monday, said Liz Murphy, a spokeswoman for the vice president. Murphy said the users will provide money while the panel evaluates the future of the program, but she added, “We don’t have a dollar amount.”

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which needs $9.4 million to keep Landsat 4 and Landsat 5 operating through the end of the fiscal year in September, ordered the satellites shut down last Wednesday.