Latest News and Updates
Save the Date: First TROPICS Applications Workshop
- Dates: May 8-10, 2017
- Location: University of Miami, Miami, Florida, USA
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- Sponsored by the NASA Applied Science Program
March 10, 2016: NASA selects TROPICS in the Earth Venture Instrument 3 Competition
October 27, 2015: Hurricane Patricia further reveals critical need for improved hurricane forecasting
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.