NASA has finally made the announcement regarding the launch of its new satellite, SMAP. According to the reports, NASA is all set to launch the new satellite on Thursday, 29th January. SMAP is not one of the general satellites that the space organizations across the globe send into the orbit. SMAP is a special satellite designed in such a way so that it can measure the moisture content of the soil via microwaves. NASA states that the satellite has been designed to keep a track of the moisture content of various places across the globe and send the data back to the scientists.
Soil Moisture Active Passive a.k.a SMAP has the world’s largest mesh antenna, which is far more efficient that most of the entities working currently. The antenna is exactly 19.7 feet wide and does 14 full rotations per minute, giving SMAP the best possible information up there.