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NASA successfully launches hurricane satellite CYGNSS today

NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS), which was slated to take off on 14th December, Wednesday, was launched today, on 15th December 2016. As said by one of the officials of NASA, earlier, CYGNSS was programmed to launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Wednesday. But because of unexpected glitch in a software system, the engineers at NASA postponed the launch event to the next day.

As per the latest reports sourced from NASA, the US-based leading space agency has sanctioned the launch event of the CYGNSS spacecraft and following the approval; the spaceship blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Thursday at 8:26 a.m. EST.

To recall, the original launch program for the CYGNSS was slated to take place on Monday morning. But due to the technical malfunction with the launch vehicle release system on the L-1011 Stargazer, the event aborted. Again, the mission scheduled for Wednesday which later shifted to Thursday Morning.

The Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) is intended to study and monitor the natural disasters like hurricanes. By implementing the spaceship, NASA will employ the radio signals transmitted by the GPS satellites to conduct the measurement of the storm speed near the Earth in the tropics, between 35 degrees north and 35 degrees south which is said to be the origin of most hurricanes.

The Pegasus spacecraft took off with eight microsatellites with the intention to carry out the hurricane study program initiated by NASA. Per the official statement of NASA, CYGNSS will keep an eye on the central parts of hurricane-prone areas for exploring their origins and causes of rapidly spreading. This is a two-year mission, and during this operational period, the eight CYGNSS microsatellites will take wing around 316 miles over the surface of Earth. All the satellites will focus on the topics and explore the wind speeds and strengthening of steamy cyclones like hurricanes, adds NASA.

NASA further added that the Orbital ATK’s customized L-1011 jet would install the Pegasus XL and its CYGNSS consignment from a height of around 39,000 feet over the Atlantic Ocean 110 nautical miles east-southeast of Daytona Beach.

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