SWGL Fan Shop 2023

NASA asks Astra to launch its TROPICS storm mission in 2022

Astra launch from Alaska. Photo: Astra

Paris, 1 March 2021. – NASA has selected Astra Space to launch the agency’s TROPICS mission, NASA said.

TROPICS stands for Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation Structure and Storm Intensity and consists of a constellation of six CubeSats that will support scientific studies of storms and storm processes.

The launch service contract for the TROPICS mission is a firm-fixed-price contract valued at $7.95 million, NASA said. NASA’s Launch Services Program at the agency’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida will manage the launch service.

The CubeSats, each the size of a shoebox, will provide rapid-refresh microwave measurements that can be used to determine temperature, pressure, and humidity inside hurricanes as they form and evolve, the U.S. agency explained. The mission’s high-revisit imaging and sounding observations are enabled by microwave technology developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Lincoln Laboratory.

The TROPICS mission is targeted for launch between 8 January and 31 July 2022 from the company’s launch site on the Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands.

Check Also

Space Cafe Radio – Next generation propulsion – with the Neutron Star Systems team

In this Space Café Radio - SpaceWatch.Global publisher Torsten Kriening spoke with Neutron Star Systems (NSS) CEO Manuel La Rosa Betancourt, CTO Dr. Michael Winter, and Investor Relationship Manager Robin Lebeau before the Space Tech Expo Europe in Bremen.