Department of Climate and Space Sciences and Engineering in the College of Engineering at the University of Michigan


CYGNSS mission in Popular Science

Posted: June 5, 2015

CYGNSS mission in Popular Science

The CYGNSS (Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System) mission is the topic of a recent article from Popular Science titled, “New NASA satellites could help prevent the next Hurricane Katrina.”

The article explains that part of Hurricane Katrina’s damage “might have been avoided if scientists could better predict how severe a hurricane is going be.”

“The ability to forecast the track of the hurricane has been steadily improving over the past 25 years,” Professor Chris Ruf, the mission PI, told Popular Science. “But the forecasting for intensity hasn't really improved at all.”

“Fortunately, Ruf thinks he can break that lackluster track record. In 2016, his team will launch eight small satellites into orbit around the Earth’s equator. For the first time, they’ll be able to continuously measure wind speeds in the hellish core of a developing hurricane. Those wind speeds indicate how strong the storm will become,” the article states.

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