On May 8, NASA successfully launched two small satellites to monitor storms every hour from a base in New Zealand..
It is an activity belonging to TROPICS mission to improve the early prediction capability of destructive storms.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying Starlink satellites was launched on January 29, 2020.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 booster carrying Starlink satellites was launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida, United States, on January 29, 2020. (Documentary photo: AFP/TTXVƝ)
More specifically, two satellites were put into orbit by rockets from Rocket Lab (USA).
Speaking at a press conference on the first launch of the TROPICS mission, NASA scientist Will McCarty said that with the above tracking devices, researchers will be able to closely monitor formation and activity. of every hour compared to a 6 hour cycle as current satellites.
Additionally, information collected on rainfall, temperature and humidity can help scientists more accurately determine the intensity and location of the storm’s impact, helping coastal populations prepare for the storm. hurricane protection and emergency evacuation capabilities.
NASA program executive director Ben Kim said many organizations such as the National Hurricane Center, Joint Typhoon Warning Center and others stand ready to receive many useful images. In the long term, a better understanding of hurricane formation and evolution will help improve future climate models.
The second spacecraft built by Rocket Lab is expected to launch two more satellites into orbit over the next two weeks, forming a cluster of four storm-tracking satellites. This group of satellites was originally planned to have 6 satellites instead of 4. However, last year NASA failed to launch the first 2 satellites after the US Astra rocket malfunctioned shortly after liftoff.
Scientists warn that storms are getting stronger as surface waters warm. Last year, Super Typhoon Ian claimed dozens of lives, devastated the state of Florida (USA) and caused economic losses of over $100 billion. It is also the natural disaster causing the heaviest losses in the world in 2022.
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On May 8, NASA successfully launched two small satellites to monitor storms for hours from a base in New Zealand. It is a missionary activity…