NASA’s RapidScat to Measure Winds over World’s Oceans

October 27, 2014 11:27 AM

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NASA’s RapidScat to Measure Winds over World’s Oceans

Last month, Dragon capsule of SpaceX, a space transport services company, had carried a science instrument, RapidScat, of about $26 million to International Space Station (ISS). Now, the instrument has been switched on to measure the winds over earth's oceans. According to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the instrument will help forecasters in tracking the intensity of tropical cyclones.

RapidScat was mounted on outside of ISS in order to cover the data gap that could help meteorologists to track cyclones. According to reports, the instrument was made up from leftover parts from a satellite built in the 1990s. According to project manager at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Howard Eis...

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