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Small Satellites for Earth Science

NASA has embraced the revolution in small spacecraft and satellites, from CubeSats you can hold in your hand to microsatellites the size of a small washing machine. The technology helps advance scientific and human exploration, reduces the cost of new missions, and expands access to space. The briefing will discuss NASA's overall program, technology development initiatives, and new Earth-observing missions that use individual and constellations of small satellites to study climate change, hurricanes and clouds.

Briefing Panelists

Ellen Stofan, chief scientists at NASA Headquarters in Washington

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters

Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters

Michael Freilich, director of the Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters

Aaron Ridley, mission constellation scientist for NASA's Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

Bill Swartz, CubeSat principal investigator for the Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) project at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland

William Blackwell, principal investigator for the Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsat (TROPICS) mission at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Lincoln Laboratory, Lexington, Mass.

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Kathryn Mersmann (USRA): Lead Producer
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET): Technical Support
Ellen T. Gray (ADNET): Lead Writer
Aaron Ridley (University of Michigan): Scientist
Bill Swartz (Johns Hopkins University/APL): Scientist
William J. Blackwell (MIT Lincoln Laboratory): Scientist
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