Full Name Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS) Pathfinder Status Operational (nominal)
Mission Agencies NASA Launch Date 30 Jun 2021
Mission Links mission site EOL Date Dec 2023
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International Designator
Orbit Type Sun-synchronous Orbit Period 95 minutes
Orbit Sense Ascending Orbit Inclination 97.5 deg
Orbit Altitude 535 km Orbit Longitude
Orbit LST 02:00:00 Repeat Cycle
Objectives and Applications The TROPICS Pathfinder CubeSat (the qualification unit converted to a flight unit) is a risk reduction mission to a Sun-Synchronous Orbit (SSO) to test the system from end-to-end prior to the launch of the constellation.
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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