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's CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI) to be launched as part of the ELaNa program. It was launched on the ELaNa-23 mission on board of Cygnus CRS-9 to the ISS, where it was deployed on 13 July 2018 via the JEM airlock.
|Type / Application:||Technology|
|Operator:||Colorado State University, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)|
|Contractors:||Colorado State University, Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL); Blue Canyon Technologies (bus)|
|Power:||Solar cells, batteries|
|Orbit:||399 km × 407 km, 51.63°|
|TEMPEST-D||1998-067NV||21.05.2018||WI LC-0A||Antares-230||with Cygnus CRS-9, CubeRRT, HaloSat, Radix, RainCube, Lemur-2 78, ..., 81, AeroCube 12A, AeroCube 12B, RadSat-g, EQUiSat, MemSat, EnduroSat One|