NASA Launches 8-Satellite by Jet plane to get info about Hurricanes
NASA has launched eight small Satellites though a plane into the earth orbit on 15th December. The main aim of this operation is for observe the condition of the hurricanes and wind speed. These satellites collect the data information, images faster and accurate than previous satellites. Actual NASA was decided to launches these satellite on 12th December, but some issues this was postponed to 15th December.
These satellites were named as CYGNSS (Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System), which is used to get the information about hurricanes, wind speed through radio signals from the GPS satellites. The main reason why the eight satellites are launched through the jet plane, because it was cheaper than conventional vertical launch.
CYGNSS has launched at the angle of 35 degrees into orbit the earth at an altitude of about 316 miles from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:35 a.m EST. These satellites are designed in such a way that, it can easily carry by the jet plane.
The condition and information of the earth will be taken at every 7 hours, that means this satellite rotates and gets the same spot on the earth by 7 hours, when consider previous satellite will take 3 days. The cost of the CYGNSS mission was $157 million and the life time of this satellite may 2 years or more, it depended on the conditions and factors.