First NASA TROPICS satellites launch to monitor tropical storms
Tuesday, May 9, 2023
The CubeSats would form an array in low-Earth orbit, collecting observations of tropical cycloness' precipitation, temperature, and humidity more frequently than weather satellites currently in orbit.
, a program executive with NASA's , said: "TROPICS aims to improve our scientific understanding by obtaining microwave observations that allow us to see the inner structure of the storm approximately hourly."
TROPICS would share data with, among other organizations, the, the , and the .
Rocket Lab secured the launch contract last November. NASA terminated a contract withafter an Astra rocket experienced ignition failure in June, with two TROPICS satellites burning up as the rocket's upper stage reentered the atmosphere.
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