On Thursday morning, NASA successfully launched a group of eight micro-satellites for its Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) mission via a rocket launched from the belly of the large Orbital ATK Stargazer airplane. And, yes, it was as cool as it sounds.
After attempts to launch were scrapped twice this week, first on Monday and then Wednesday, the mission successfully kicked off on Thursday morning as the Pegasus XL rocket launched and all eight micro-satellites successfully deployed.
The micro-satellites will measure wind speeds over oceans in tropical zones, interacting with a constellation of GPS satellites and passing over the same area of the tropics in quick succession. They will ultimately give researchers a better understanding of conditions that help hurricanes develop and the hurricanes themselves. Read more…