Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats
The TROPICS constellation consists of 7 CubeSats, each about 0.3 m long and weighing just 3.9 kg.
The instrument is a MW scanning radiometer to measure temperature, humidity, precipitation and cloud properties.
The first flight unti will be launched in a sunsynchronous orbit, the other ones drifting into three separate orbital planes (two satellites/orbit), to enable the overall constellation to monitor changes in tropical cyclones as frequently as every 45 minutes in average.
Mass at launch
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Data access information
Data distributed by the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC)
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Associated satellite programme and related satellites
Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational ,
blue tag : future
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TMS TROPICS Millimeter-wave Sounder
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