Full Name Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS) Status Operational (nominal)
Mission Agencies NASA, NASA, NASA, NASA Launch Date 08 May 2023
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Oct 2025
EO Portal Info NORAD Catalog #s 56442 (TLE), 56444 (TLE), 56753 (TLE), 56754 (TLE)
International Designators 2023-062A, 2023-062C, 2023-073B, 2023-073C
Orbit Type Inclined, non-sun-synchronous Orbit Period
Orbit Sense TBD Orbit Inclination 30 deg
Orbit Altitude 550 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications Use a constellation of advanced cubesat passive microwave radiometers providing average revisit time of 30 minutes to improve the understanding and prediction of the impact of environmental temperature and humidity, precipitation evolution, including diurnal cycle, and warm-core strength on the evolution of tropical cyclone structure, size, and intensity.
Mission Measurements
AtmosphereAtmospheric Humidity Fields TROPICS
Liquid water and precipitation rate TROPICS
Atmospheric Temperature Fields TROPICS
Mission Instruments
TROPICS - Microwave Spectrometer (TROPICS)
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