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Prof. Ruf sums up CYGNSS inaugural season on first anniversary of mission launch

Posted: December 15, 2017

Prof. Ruf sums up CYGNSS inaugural season on first anniversary of mission launch

First year anniversary of CYGNSS on orbit!

On the anniversary of the CYGNSS launch, Principal Investigator professor Chris Ruf sums up the satellite constellation's first year in orbit. Here's the latest entry on the CYGNSS NASA Earth Observatory blog:

"CYGNSS was launched into low Earth orbit on December 15, 2016 at 08:37 EST and today is its first anniversary. The mission has had a very busy first year on orbit, transitioning from an early engineering commissioning phase into the science observing phase in time for the very active 2017 Atlantic hurricane season. The mission was supported during the hurricane season by the NOAA Airborne Operations Center (AOC), which operates a fleet of P-3 “hurricane hunter” airplanes that make reconnaissance flights into tropical storms and hurricanes to observe wind speed and other weather conditions first hand. We worked closely with AOC to coordinate many of their flight campaigns with overpasses of the storms by CYGNSS..."

Read the full post: https://earthobservatory.nasa.gov/blogs/fromthefield/2017/12/15/first-year-anniversary-of-cygnss-on-orbit/

Visit the CYGNSS website: http://clasp-research.engin.umich.edu/missions/cygnss/