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TEMPEST-D

TEMPEST-D [Blue Canyon Tech]

The TEMPEST-D (Temporal Experiment for Storms and Tropical Systems - Demonstrator) is a 6U CubeSat mission to provide risk mitigation for the six-satellite TEMPEST mission that will provide the first temporal observations of cloud and precipitation processes on a global scale.

These observations are important to understand the linkages in and between Earth’s water and energy balance, as well as to improve our understanding of cloud model microphysical processes that are vital to climate change prediction.

TEMPEST-D consists of one of the proposed TEMPEST 6U CubeSats, to raise the technology readiness level of the system to TRL 9 and to demonstrate its measurement capabilities.

The payload consists of the JPL radiometer developed for the failed RACE mission and an High-frequency Airborne Microwave and Millimeter-wave Radiometer (HAMMR) IIP-10 radiometer. The CubeSat bus is built by Blue Canyon Technologies.

It was selected in 2015 by NASA to be launched as part of the ELaNa program.

Nation: USA
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Colorado State University, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Contractors: Colorado State University, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL); Blue Canyon Technologies (bus)
Equipment: CHARM
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Propulsion:
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime:
Mass: 6 kg
Orbit:
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
TEMPEST-D - 2018 WI LC-0A Antares-230 with Cygnus CRS-9, CubeRRT, HaloSat, RainCube, SORTIE, CaNOP, RadSat-g, EQUiSat, MemSat