CYGNSS Satellite System Will Enable Unprecedented Insights into Storm Formation

In chambers that mimic space, University of Michigan engineers are testing a prototype of NASA's CYGNSS satellite system, which will enable groundbreaking insights into the formation and evolution of hurricanes, typhoons, and cyclones around the globe. The system is expected to launch in October, 2016 and the university researchers are working on the mission under a contract with NASA. By using a constellation configuration of eight satellites, CYGNSS will be capable of providing new images of ongoing hurricanes every 12 minutes, as opposed to the once-per-day measurement current satellites provide.