On Monday 8th November 2016, NASA announced in a teleconference about a planning for the deployment of multiple tiny swarms for weather-sensing and observation of climate change by their observing satellites over the next few months. These satellites will provide support to advance science of climate change and it would enable them to build Small-Satellites for next generation for much better results compared to the current results. NASA has planned to launch 3 supposed missions and 2 of them will be initiated before the end of this year.
The first mission will be launched in the last week of November 2016 and it is called RAVAN (Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nano-tubes) project. 3 satellites will be launched in this mission to monitor greenhouse gasses. NASA is hopeful in eventually launching an array of RAVAN satellites for Earth-covering in order to assist in climate change research.
The second mission is called CYGNSS (Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System) and its first part will be started on 12th December 2016, in which 8 identical Cube Satellites to be installed into orbit. These Cube Satellites will monitor tropical storms in order to improve the efforts of weather forecasting.
The third mission date hasn’t yet announced, but it will hopefully be launched at the start of 2017. This mission is called TROPICS (Time-Resolve Observations of Precipitation structure & storm Intensity with a Constellation of Small-Sat). These small satellites will be used in measuring the temperature & vapor concentration of storms. NASA has indicated that these supposed missions are just beginning in new research. Point to be noted that space agency introduced the Cube-Sat Launch and initiated last year. Ultimately, these small-satellites will be deployed to Moon and Mars.