It’s been almost 10 years, after the drastic damages made by the most dangerous hurricane Katrina and Louisiana, NASA plan to launch a unique satellite to track down the entire track of hurricanes using eight unique micro satellites, with the help of CYGNSS.
CYGNSS refers to Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, and consists of eight unique micro satellites, that has the ability to track down and also forecast weather, by calculating several factors in the weather, including oceanic winds and so on.
CYGNSS allows the NASA scientists to measure and monitor the intensity of the hurricanes, and also they can detect the movement of hurricanes in an accurate manner. Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, with a fleet of satellites will track the data from the hurricanes, and offers a list of information about the same to the ground teams.
According to NASA,
The CYGNSS measured wind fields, when combined with as-frequent precipitation fields (e.g. produced by the upcoming Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM) core satellite and the current constellation of precipitation imagers), will provide coupled observations of moist atmospheric thermodynamics and ocean surface response, and enable new insights into TC inner core dynamics and energetics.
The ultimate aim of launching this program is to measure tropical cyclones and hurricanes in the surface of the earth, and forecast them to the ground team in the earth. The data from the CYGNSS offers more accuracy regarding the cyclones and hurricanes, and helps us to prevent drastic damages made by those hurricanes.
The fleet of satellites will revolve in the earth’s atmosphere, over the distance of 317 miles from the earth’s sea level, and consistently offers a variety of data regarding the environment such as earth’s surface wind speed, oceanic current speeds and so on.
“These reviews were a major milestone for CYGNSS, marking the end of the detailed design and planning stages of the mission and the beginning of the flight hardware assembly,” said Chris Ruf, a CYGNSS principal investigator at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. “We are now in the last phase of the mission prior to launch and the beginning of a new era in hurricane observations.”
The main advantage is that, the satellite will keep on sending the date, even in extreme weather condition throughout its life cycle. Stay Tuned with TheNextDigit for more updates on CYNGSS.[ Source ]