Launch of “Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS)”


NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) spacecraft is scheduled to be launched on December 12, 2016 at 08:24 am EST(6:54pm IST). CYGNSS will launch aboard an Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket to be deployed from Orbital’s “Stargazer” L-1011 carrier aircraft The Orbital ATK L-1011 Stargazer, with a Pegasus XL rocket mated to the underside of the aircraft, which will take off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS) in Florida. Once airborne, the Pegasus XL rocket will launch over the Atlantic Ocean, about 126 miles east of Daytona Beach, Florida.

CYGNSS will make frequent and accurate measurements of ocean surface winds throughout the lifecycle of tropical storms and hurricanes. The CYGNSS constellation consists of eight micro-satellite observatories that will measure surface winds in and near a hurricane’s inner core, including regions beneath the eyewall and intense inner rainbands that previously could not be measured from space.

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