The United States plans to launch a swarm of tiny Satellites to close a crucial gap in the capacity to predict precipitation hazards, such as the deluge that flooded Northeastern towns in early September.The United States Air Force signed a roughly $20 million deal with Tomorrow.io on Thursday to build and deploy a complete network of tiny Satellites outfitted with sophisticated radar to detect precipitation from space.
Currently, among the more than 3,000 operational Satellites circling the Earth, just one is equipped with the capacity.”This is an issue,” a NASA official told the reporters. “It’s a big-money thing to undertake, and the agencies have been hesitant to do more so far.”
This type of information is important for anticipating extreme weather occurrences. “We had no idea that between 8:50 and 9:50 p.m. yesterday night, the skies would actually open up and pour Niagara Falls level of water to the streets of New York,” stated New York Gov. Kathy Hochul following the tragedy. The more precipitation radars in space there are, the more precise the prediction on Earth will be.