Weather officials with Rocket Lab predict a 70% percent chance of favorable weather for today’s launch of NASA’s TROPICS (Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats) mission.
The primary weather concern for today’s launch is a low probability of violation (POV) for cumulus/disturbed weather and low-moderate POV for ground winds.
TROPICS CubeSats make more frequent passes of tropical cyclones than current weather satellites. The CubeSats use different wavelengths to see different features of storms and in their surrounding environment. This provides data that will help scientists better understand the processes that effect these high-impact storms, ultimately leading to improved modeling and prediction.
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