Mission: TROPICS

Credit: MIT Lincoln Labs

When will TROPICS launch?

Targeted to launch in 2023

Where will TROPICS be?

342 miles (550 km) above Earth’s equator

What will TROPICS do?

TROPICS is the short name for Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats. This mission is six separate satellites, each made up of three CubeSats. A CubeSat is a small, cube-shaped satellite that is only about 4 inches (10 centimeters) on each side. TROPICS will measure atmospheric temperature profiles and precipitation.

Learn more about NASA’s TROPICS mission.