NASA ’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, or CYGNSS, which consists of Eight (8) satellites, has been successfully launched on 15th December’2016 to monitor the Hurricane related activities from Space. The CYGNSS satellites will make frequent and accurate measurements of ocean surface winds throughout the life cycle of tropical storms and hurricanes. CYGNSS will provide further aid to scientists in timely predicting the Hurricanes across globe.
The unique, air-launched vehicle was carried aloft by Orbital’s modified L-1011 aircraft, “Stargazer,” which took off from the Skid Strip runway at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and deployed the three-stage Pegasus XL rocket at a predetermined drop point 39,000 feet above the Atlantic Ocean and about 110 nautical miles east-northeast of Daytona Beach.
The CYGNSS constellation is expected to be operational in time for the 2017 hurricane season.
Details from : https://www.nasa.gov/cygnss
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