TROPICS Starts its Mission

Image (Credit): Rocket Lab’s Electron rocket at Launch Complex 1 in Mahia, New Zealand. (NASA)

On Sunday, the TROPICS mission was successfully launched after an earlier delay. The Rocket Lab Electron launch took place in New Zealand and involved two small CubeSats tasked with monitoring deadly storms. This is the first pair to be launched, with a total of four satellites planned to accomplish the TROPICS mission.

And yes, TROPICS is an acronym (fortunately) for Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats. And you thought the Congress was going crazy with its acronyms for legislation.

You can read more about the TROPICS mission here.