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Save the Date: First TROPICS Applications Workshop

  • Dates: May 8-10, 2017
  • Location: University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA
  • Goals:
    • Introduce end-users to the expected value of TROPICS by reviewing mission specifications and status
    • Engage the end-user community to learn how TROPICS observations could be used by their organizations and barriers to data use
    • Establish an early adopter community to accelerate post-launch application through access to TROPICS mission scientists and proxy datasets
  • For more information or to participate, contact brad.zavodsky@nasa.gov or jason.dunion@noaa.gov
  • Sponsored by the NASA Applied Science Program

 

March 10, 2016: NASA selects TROPICS in the Earth Venture Instrument 3 Competition

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-selects-instruments-to-study-air-pollution-tropical-cyclones

October 27, 2015: Hurricane Patricia further reveals critical need for improved hurricane forecasting

http://edition.cnn.com/2015/10/24/opinions/sobel-forecasting-category-7-hurricane/index.html

September 25, 2015:  MicroMAS-2D Payload Flight Antennas and G-band Receivers Delivered

Millitech, Inc. (Northampton, MA) has delivered the second of three antenna/receiver flight units for the MicroMAS-2D CubeSat. The antenna is a dual-feed parabolic reflector covering W (89 GHz), F (118 GHz), and G (183 GHz and 205 GHz) frequency bands. The receiver is G-band subharmonic mixer and is part of the G-band receiver front-end. The ultra-compact antenna-receiver assembly is compatible with the F-band receiver front-end flown on MicroMAS-1 (deployed March 16, 2015 from the International Space Station) and the W/F-receiver delivered by University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA) on June 12, 2015.

June 12, 2015:  MicroMAS-2D Payload W-band/F-band Receiver Front-End Delivered

University of Massachusetts (Amherst, MA) Department of Radio Astronomy has delivered the first fabricated unit of W-band/F-band receiver front end the MicroMAS-2D cubesat. The unit is a super heterodyne receiver system consisting of an amplifier/calibration module and a frequency tripler and mixer module. The receiver front-end unit is similar to the F-band receiver flown on MicroMAS-1 (deployed March 16, 2015 from the International Space Station) and was redesigned to allow for W-band (89 GHz) operation in addition to the F-band (108 GHz to 120 GHz) operation.

June 1, 2015:  MicroMAS-2D Payload Flight Antennas and G-band Receivers Delivered

Millitech, Inc. (Northampton, MA) has delivered the first of three antenna/receiver flight units for the MicroMAS-2D cubesat. The unit has completed successful antenna range and receiver testing at Millitech, Inc.

May 26, 2015:  MicroMAS-2D Payload Chassis Delivered

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Group 77, Rapid Prototyping has delivered two of four flight unit chassis, including brackets and fixtures, for the MicroMAS-2D Payload. The chassis were fabricated in preparation for payload calibration scheduled for early July 2015.  

February 11, 2015:  MicroMAS-2D Payload Interface Modules Delivered

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Group 86,  RF Technology, has delivered prototypes of the control and data-handling unit for the MicroMAS-2D payload. The units are currently undergoing acceptance testing. 

January 14, 2015:  MicroMAS-2D Payload Voltage Regulator Modules Delivered

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Group 97, Advanced Space Systems, has delivered prototypes of the power-conditioning and distribution unit for the MicroMAS-2D payload. The units are currently undergoing acceptance testing.