The national Board of the USA on Aeronautics and research of space administration (NASA) is embarking on a series of scientific missions to remote sensing of the Earth, which include the launch of a total of 24 small satellites. This was reported on Tuesday TASS, the official representative of NASA Steve Cole.
As noted by the science Directorate of NASA, we are talking about the “six missions of a next generation Earth observation”, which will apply “innovative approaches” to the study of change, primarily climate, occurring on our planet, including using microsatellites. Pursuant to the planned designs of the U.S. experts are preparing to send into space vehicles, the smallest of which equal in size to a loaf of bread, and the biggest washing machine. Their weight ranges from pounds with small to 180 kg. the Launch of these devices in space, as expected, stretched for more than three years, said Cole.
According to him, the first such launch is planned for next Friday – November 11 – a U.S. air force base Vandenberg (California). This day was going to be a conclusion in space satellites in the interests of DigitalGlobe with vehicle Atlas V. this opportunity, NASA wants to launch, and a small radiometric device, which is designed to help better understand the effects of greenhouse gases on global climate change. A small satellite carrying a scientific instrument, will be secondary load booster Atlas V.
Then on December 12 from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral (Florida) are supposed to send into orbit eight satellites that will be required to work as a group, helping meteorologists to build more accurate predictions about the emergence and trajectory of cyclones, hurricanes and typhoons in the tropics.
Further launches will be held in the period from next spring to 2020, said Cole. For its part, the new head of science Directorate, NASA Thomas Zurbuchen stressed that his office “is increasingly using small satellites.”