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CYGNSS collaborators from Japan visit Ann Arbor

Posted: February 12, 2015

CYGNSS collaborators from Japan visit Ann Arbor

On Tuesday, February 10, five researchers from Japan visited the Space Research Building to collaborate on NASA’s CYGNSS (Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System) mission.

The researchers included Professor Kaoru Ichikawa of Kyushu University, Professor Naoko Sato of Wakayama University, Dr. Takuo Watanabe of Meisei Electric Co., and Dr. Yukihito Kitazawa and Mr. Takashi Ogai, both of IHI Corp.

One of the items of discussion was the plan to add new members to the CYGNSS science team to investigate uses of the mission data related to physical oceanography and typhoons in the West Pacific.

CYGNSS is a constellation of eight small satellites that will be carried to low-Earth orbit on a single launch vehicle. The satellites aim to improve weather forecasting by making accurate measurements of ocean surface winds in and near the eye of the storm throughout the full life cycle of tropical cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes. These measurements will advance forecasting methods by providing data that can lead to reliable predictions of hurricane intensity.

The University of Michigan leads the CYGNSS mission. Team members include atmospheric, oceanic and space sciences professors Chris Ruf (PI), Derek Posselt and Aaron Ridley as well as space physics research laboratory (SPRL) staff members Damen Provost, Bruce Block, Linda Chadwick, Steve Musko, Jon Van Noord and Timothy Butler.

The mission is scheduled to launch in October 2016, which will give the team plenty of time to prepare for science operations during the 2017 hurricane season.

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