Coming To A Storm Near You

Coming To A Storm Near You


Mission Name: Coming To A Storm Near You
Rocket: Electron
Launch Date: 26 May 2023
Launch Site: Launch Complex 1
Launch Time: 03:46 UTC / 15:46 NZST

Mission Overview

Coming To A Storm Near You was the second of two launches on Electron to deploy NASA’s Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS) mission.

NASA’s TROPICS constellation will monitor the formation and evolution of tropical cyclones, including hurricanes, and will provide rapidly updating observations of storm intensity. This data will help scientists better understand the processes that effect these high-impact storms, ultimately leading to improved modelling and prediction.

The constellation, which is part of NASA’s Earth System Science Pathfinder Program, consists of four CubeSats that require launch to a specific orbit at an altitude of 550 kilometers and inclination of about 30 degrees. All four satellites needed to be deployed into their operational orbit within a 60-day period, making Electron the ideal launch vehicle as it enables dedicated launch to unique orbits on highly responsive timelines. 

More info on TROPICS: Mission Overview | TROPICS (

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