INCUS (Investigation of Convective Updrafts) is a NASA Earth science mission led by Colorado State University that will investigate the behavior of tropical storms in order to better represent these storms in weather and climate models. The mission will consist of three small satellites flying in close formation.
INCUS is a cluster of three SmallSats, each with a RainCube-like Ka-band radar and a TEMPEST-D-like radiometer with cross-track scanning capabilities. The first estimates of convective mass flux across the tropics will be provided by a novel time-difference approach between three satellites flown in close succession (30, 90, and 120 seconds apart).
The primary objectives of the INCUS mission are to determine:
It is scheduled to launch as part of NASA's Earth Venture Program in 2027.
|Type / Application:||Earth Science|
|Operator:||Colorado State University, NASA|
|Contractors:||Colorado State University|
|Power:||Deployable solar arrays, batteries|
|INCUS A (ESSP EVM3 A)||-||2027||with INCUS B, C, ?|
|INCUS B (ESSP EVM3 B)||-||2027||with INCUS A, C, ?|
|INCUS C (ESSP EVM3 C)||-||2027||with INCUS A, B, ?|