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Space Station: Observing Winds from Space

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Space Station Live: Observing Earth Winds from Space

NASA Public Affairs’ Dan Huot interviews Dr. Ernesto Rodriguez, ISS-RapidScat Principal Investigator. The new experiment, which will monitor ocean winds to provide essential measurements used in weather predictions, including hurricane monitoring, is targeted to launch to the International Space Station aboard the SpaceX Dragon in September. Read more... http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1067.html

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NASA's RapidScat: Some Assembly Required -- in Space

NASA's ISS-RapidScat wind-watching scatterometer, which is scheduled to launch to the International Space Station no earlier than Sept. 19, will be the first science payload to be robotically assembled in space since the space station itself. This image shows the instrument assembly on the left, shrouded in white. On the right is Rapid-Scat's nadir adapter, a very sophisticated bracket that points the scatterometer toward Earth so that it can record the direction and speed of ocean winds. The two pieces are stowed in the unpressurized trunk of a SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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A New Measure of Ocean Winds

A new tool for tracking hurricanes and tropical storms, ISS-RapidScat is the first instrument specifically created to watch Earth from the International Space Station.

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RapidScat: NASA's Newest Wind Watcher

Mission scientists and engineers describe how their small team, on a tight budget and short deadline, created ISS-RapidScat to measure ocean winds.

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Space Station Live: Research Delivered on Dragon Installed on Station

NASA Public Affairs Officer Lori Meggs interviews Stacey Boland, Project Systems Engineer. The International Space Station is always looking at cost effective ways of performing research in space. A new payload that arrived at the station on SpaceX-4 is proving just that. Rapidscat is an instrument that will measure ocean surface wind speed and direction which will help improve weather forecasts, including hurricane monitoring. It was installed just this week and is undergoing checkouts.

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Space Station Live: Satellites on the Station

NASA Public Affairs Officer Lori Meggs and interviews Stephen Volz, Associate Director for Flight Programs. Numerous free-flying satellites orbit Earth and map our planet for various areas of research. Now a new payload has been installed on the International Space Station to give a different perspective. Rapidscat is an instrument that will measure ocean wind speed and direction which will begin a new series of mounted satellites on the station for weather monitoring.

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