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Satellite details
Acronym TROPICS-03
Full name Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats - 03
Satellite Description
  • 3rd flight unti of the TROPICS constellation.
  • Mission: to monitor changes in tropical cyclones as frequently as every 45 minutes in average (when the 7-satellite constellation is fully deployed).
Mass at launch 3.9 kg Dry mass
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Data access information
  • Data distributed by the NASA Goddard Earth Sciences Data and Information Services Center (GES DISC)
Orbit Drifting orbit Altitude 600 km
Inclination 30 °


Space agency NASA
Status Planned
Details on Status
(as available)
Launch ≥2022 EOL ≥2023
Last update: 2021-10-07
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on TROPICS-03

Acronym Full name
TMS TROPICS Millimeter-wave Sounder
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