Climate & Space Alum Jeff Masters Writes About the CYGNSS Mission
Posted: January 30, 2017
Weather Underground co-founder and U-M Climate & Space (then called AOSS) alum, Jeff Masters (BS ’82, MS ’83 and PhD ’97) , has written a nice overview of the CYGNSS mission on his WunderBlog®.
Here's an excerpt:
"A new era in measuring hurricane winds began on December 15, 2016, when a Pegasus XL rocket launched by Stargazer—Orbital ATK’s L-1011 carrier aircraft—put into orbit a constellation of eight micro-satellites, the core of a NASA mission called CYGNSS (Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System). Each CYGNSS micro-satellite uses less power than a 50-watt light bulb, weighs about 64 pounds, and is the size of a full-grown swan when the solar panels are extended."
Read the full post here.
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