[Update 5 December 15th, 2016] Today NASA finally succeeded with the launch of the CYGNSS, delivering all 8 micro-satellites into orbit.
You can keep track of the full story via our Twitter moment below.
[Update 4 December 14th, 2016] Sorry that we might have got you hopes up, but NASA has delayed today’s launch, due to software issues. Here’s a tweet from NASA that explains it:
— NASA (@NASA) December 14, 2016
[Update 3 December 14th, 2016] After aborting the launch on the 12th, NASA has set the date that they will be attempting to launch the CYGNSS, and that date is today (December 14th).
The show will begin at 7AM ET/ 12PM GMT, and the launch has been scheduled for 8:25AM ET/ 1:25PM ET, we will update you as more details are revealed, but while you wait you can watch the action in the embed above.
You can also follow our Twitter moment in the original update below.
[Update 2 December 12th, 2016] NASA was forced to abort today’s CYNGSS launch due to problems with the hydraulics that allow the rocket to detach from the Stargazer plane.
They released the following statement about it:
Today’s launch of NASA’s CYGNSS spacecraft has been scrubbed due to problems with the hydraulic pump that controls the release of the Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket from the L-1011 carrier aircraft. The problem was isolated to a problem with a circuit breaker associated with three-phase power to the release mechanism.
The aircraft is on its way back with the Pegasus XL rocket still safely attached.
[Update December 12th, 2016] Due to high levels of ground fog, NASA has delayed the launch of CYGNSS to 8:40 a.m. ET/1:40.p.m. GMT, with a possible launch window set until 9:19 a.m. ET/ 2:19.p.m. GMT.
You can follow our Twitter moment below for the latest, we will update this article as more is released.
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[Original Story] On Monday (December 12th, 2016) NASA and Orbital ATK will be working together to launch a group of eight microsatellites into orbit.
Called the CYGNSS, the group is a set of microsatellites that have been designed to provide a closer look into hurricanes. It will be launched by the Orbital ATK Pagasus XL rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 8:19AM EST (1:19PM GMT) on December 12th
On board of the CYGNSS, there is the satellites main instrument, the Delay Dopper Mapping Instrument, which uses a GPS receiver and a set of antennas to provide detailed imagery of tropical cyclone wind fields with high temporal resolution as they form, intensify, and decay.
The GPS receiver will be used for navigation, timing, and digital signal processing functions while being capable of generating maps of GPS signals that are reflected from the ocean surface. With this, scientists will be able to see how the atmosphere and the oceans interact near the inner core of tropical storms.
It’s certainly an interesting mission from NASA that is set to change how we think about storms, providing us with more knowledge about the world we live in.
As always, we will update you as more is released about this launch.