Jonathan Van Noord, research in the Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering, calibrates a prototype of a CYGNSS microsatellite in the Space Research Building on December 12, 2014. The Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) is a fleet of eight microsatellite observatories that is expected to launch in December 2016. It’s designed to improve forecasts of hurricanes’ intensity, track and storm surge. Unlike existing operational weather satellites, CYGNSS can penetrate the heavy rain of a hurricane’s eyewall to gather data about a storm’s intense core.
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