NASA’s ISS-RapidScat, a new Earth-observing instrument that will measure ocean winds while mounted on the International Space Station (ISS), is go for launch — almost. On May 12, 2014, the instrument arrived at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida from its birthplace at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California, and will undergo final launch preparations in the coming weeks.
RapidScat is the replacement for QuikScat, a sun-synchronous Earth-observing satellite that carried the wind scatterometer SeaWinds. QuikScat was launched in 1999 and collected data on wind direction and speed over the ocean surface for more than ten years, aiding primarily in weather forecasting. Data from the scatterometer soon became available in near-real time (within 3 to 3.5 hours), which made it especially helpful in predicting hurricanes and cyclones. (text from SpaceFlightInsider).
This is very good news. I feared that the conflict with Russia would force the postponement of this program.