NASA launched eight satellites that will help save lives on Earth.
Eight small CYGNSS orbiting satellites will be able to measure the winds to the surface of the ocean in the middle of a storm. This will help experts more quickly and precisely predict the maximum power of the storm.
After several delays, NASA on Thursday successfully launched a rocket Pegasus XL, which is in orbit brought CYGNSS eight satellites to track hurricanes.
Eight small satellites equipped with GPS receivers soon after launch was set in orbit, and they will be used to study the winds to the surface of the ocean in the middle of a storm. This will help scientists to forecast the maximum power of hurricanes. Fox their measurements will be the tropical area in which to form the most hurricanes.
Previous satellites could accurately measure the speed of the winds to the surface of the ocean in the middle of a hurricane because their signals could significantly weaken the strong rainfall. CYGNSS is designed to make it just changed. The benefits of the existing GPS signals and technology, but in a reduced version.
Each of the eight satellites in orbit will receive direct or reflected signal from which it can calculate the wind speed. NASA says that a satellite can usually measure one location every two or three days and these eight will be able to measure any location approximately every seven hours.
Unlike conventional rockets, this has brought the plane that took off from Florida. When they were at the planned location overlooking the Atlantic, the pilot dropped the rocket has been fired a few seconds later. Satellites are subsequently separated from the rocket as planned to set off towards the location from which to look at the Earth. The value of the mission is $ 157 million.