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CYGNSS Mission Gets Mention in New York Times

Posted: December 20, 2016

CYGNSS Mission Gets Mention in New York Times

The Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) got a nice mention in one of the nation's preeminent newspapers this week. The New York Times reported on last week's launch in an article that feaures a short video of the Pegasus rocket launch from the Stargazer L-1011 aircraft. 

From the article: 

"Jettisoned from the belly of a plane, a Pegasus rocket blasted into space last week carrying eight hurricane-hunting microsatellites.

Known as the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System, or Cygnss, the fleet was designed by researchers at the University of Michigan to measure wind speeds near the sea surface. The data will improve how scientists predict and observe hurricanes and tropical storms brewing near the Equator and the tropics, according to NASA, which sponsored the project."

Mission scientists will begin the process of commissioning the microsatellites over the course of the next 60 days. Once the satellites are fully functional, the team will conduct a series of system tests in preparation for the coming 2017 hurricane season. 

Read the full article here.