The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is all ready to initiate the launch of the of a pair of next-generation Earth research satellites. The launch is scheduled in the latter half of this month. It will continue the legacy of the first Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) mission. The next-generation Earth research satellites will record the Earth’s climate data, including the water movement.
The pair of the next-generation Earth research satellite is the part of the NASA’s new mission. The new mission is entitled as the GRACE Follow-On (GRACE-FO) mission. As per the reports, the launch is scheduled on May 19, 2018. It will assist directly measuring the global changes of the underground water of the world’s largest aquifers.
The Vandenberg Air Force Base will witness the launch of the pair of the next-generation Earth research satellites. The Vandenberg Air Force Base is present in California. The pair will represent a part of the commercial rideshare mission. The mission is inclusive of five Iridium Communications Inc. Satellites. All the five Iridium Communications Inc. Satellites and the pair of the next-generation Earth research satellites will aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
In parallel to its precedent GRACE mission, the GRACE-FO will measure the gravitational pull which arises out of the change in Earth’s mass.
Whatever data will be generated by the GRACE-FO mission, will provide an insight into the following:
1. Changing Climate of the Earth
2. Earth System Process
3. Impacts of the Human Activities
It is predicted that the data generated will have far-reaching and beneficiary effects on water management.
In line with its precedent GRACE mission, the pair of the next-generation Earth research satellites will utilize an innovative technique to observe that cannot be seen through space.
The credit of building the GRACE-FO goes to the Airbus Defence and Space. The Airbus Defence and Space is present in the Friedrichshafen of Germany.
We all hope the mission to clinch a blissful success in its future endeavors!