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NASA Successfully Launches CYGNSS Hurricane Tracking Satellites After Monday’s Cancellation
NASA successfully launched a set of eight little satellites on board the Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket into Earth’s orbit Thursday morning, the space agency said.
The satellites, which make up the Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS), will help improve hurricane intensity forecasts.
The launch was cancelled on Monday after problems with the hydraulic pump and weather issues, but this time around NASA had some luck.
“The deployments looked great — right on time,” said John Scherrer, CYGNSS Project Manager.
“We think everything looks really, really good. About three hours after launch we’ll attempt first contact, and after that, we’ll go through a series of four contacts where we hit two [observatories] each time, checking the health and status of each spacecraft,” he added…
Helping build a more resilient Pacific
The Australian Government has announced $1 million in funding from the Pacific Regional aid budget towards the PacSAFE Project, which focuses on building disaster and climate change resilience in Samoa and Tonga.
Announced by Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator the Hon. Concetta Fierravanti-Wells, the PacSAFE project is a collaboration between the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Geoscience Australia, the Pacific Community Geoscience Division and the World Bank seeking to strengthen the resilience of Pacific Island countries against the impacts of natural disasters. This project builds upon the successful disaster impact mapping tool developed in Indonesia, InaSAFE, which was customised for…