Two previous launch attempts on Monday and Wednesday had to be scrubbed, but this morning's launch was carried out without a hitch. According to NASA, all eight satellites have been placed into orbit and, at time of writing, five have already communicated with mission control and the remaining three are expected to check-in soon.
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Operating in conjunction with GPS satellites, the CYGNSS constellation will zoom over tropical regions to measure wind speeds over the oceans. Data gathered from the satellites will be used by NASA to better predict the formation of hurricanes and forecast their impacts. When in their final orbits, the eight satellites will be spaced apart so each orbit over the same location on Earth every 12 minutes. This global, real-time coverage will be a huge boon to the science of what drives some of the most powerful storms that can wreak havoc in tropical regions.
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