Employing algorithms and sensory data from the QuikSCAT
satellite, positioned approximately 500 miles above Earth, Forde is able to view wind patterns and conditions on the ocean's surface, detecting environments favorable for hurricane development.
Its development approach leverages space station capabilities and a combination of new industrial-grade hardware and older inherited hardware used to develop and test QuikScat
ISS-RapidScat will help fill the data gap created when QuikScat, which was designed to last two years but operated for 10, stopped collecting ocean wind data in late 2009.
and the agency's station program proposed adapting leftover QuikScat hardware in combination with new hardware for use on the space station.
QuikSCAT, short for Quick Scatterometer, was built in a record-breaking 12 months at Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp.
QuikSCAT orbits the Earth 14 times per day, providing coverage of 90 percent of the planet's surface.
data has improved the warning time for tropical cyclone development in the Atlantic and Eastern Pacific hurricane basins.
For more information about QuikSCAT
, visit: http://winds.
The BCP 2000 has successfully flown on high-profile programs including QuickBird, QuikSCAT
Data from NASA's QuikScat
satellite was one source of wind observations used by NOAA's Hurricane Research Division to analyze the wind field of the storm and to track its path.
Ball Aerospace also led the instrument integrations on both the QuikSCAT
and ICESat earth science spacecraft.
Successful builds on the already launched QuikSCAT
and ICESat make this a good fit for us.