New Spacecraft Will Generate Water Maps

By Frank Morring, Jr.
Source: Aviation Week & Space Technology
February 03, 2014

Water, the stuff of life, can also be deadly if there is too much of it, or not enough, or if it is too cold or hot. A new $1.2 billion international spacecraft mission will give scientists, forecasters and first-responders a map of where the water is on Earth, with unprecedented detail, every 3 hr.

Set for launch on an H-IIA rocket Feb. 27 from the Yoshinobu Launch Complex at Japan's Tanegashima Space Center, the Global Precipitation Mission (GPM) will become the “core” spacecraft in a constellation of 11 other orbiting atmospheric-water monitors that will greatly enhance current capability to know when and where water is falling.

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