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A new wind constellation: the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS)

This is a new concept for scatterometry, using the reflection of GPS signals from the ocean surface to study severe storms and cyclones. CYGNSS is a constellation of eight micro-satellites that will make accurate measurements of ocean surface winds in order … Continue reading

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What would happen if you put a smart phone into orbit?

Consider a smartphone: it has a camera, GPS, radio transmitter/receiver and a fair bit of computer memory. What would happen if you put it into orbit? Could it serve as a satellite? In 2010, a group of engineers at the … Continue reading

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