NASA to hold Media Call on micro satellite studying Earth

NASA plans to hold a teleconference to better help understand earth, previewing several Earth science missions using small satellites

By: Tech Desk | Published:November 3, 2016 11:07 am

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NASA plans to hold a teleconference at 2:30 p.m. EST (Eastern Standard Time) on November 7 to better help understand earth, previewing several Earth science missions using small satellites heading into space.

“NASA has embraced the revolution in small spacecraft and satellites, from CubeSats you can hold in your hand to microsatellites the size of a small washing machine. The technology helps advance scientific and human exploration, reduces the cost of new missions, and expands access to space. The briefing will discuss NASA’s overall program, technology development initiatives, and new Earth-observing missions that use individual and constellations of small satellites to study climate change, hurricanes and clouds,” the space agency said in a press release.

Among the participants at the teleconference will be Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA; Thomas Zurbuchen, the associate administrator for Science Mission Directorate at NASA, and Steve Jurczyk who is the associate administrator for Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters.

Other participants at the event include:

– Michael Freilich, director of the Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters
– Aaron Ridley, mission constellation scientist for NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
– Bill Swartz, CubeSat principal investigator for the Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) project at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland
– William Blackwell, principal investigator for the Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS) mission at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge