NASA is buying a new satellite to provide data about the storm, the agency announced Wednesday.
The data would be used to help scientists better understand the intensity of the hurricane, which made landfall on the Florida Keys on Saturday and caused major damage to the Florida Panhandle.NASA is buying the Virgo XM-1 Global Positioning System satellite for $1.7 billion, with $1 million from the National Science Foundation and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration said.
The satellite will be installed at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and it will be operated by the Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA headquarters in Washington.
The Virgo program is part of NASA’s mission to develop the capability to study and understand how large-scale weather systems develop.
This new mission will include the purchase of additional instruments to help improve the ability to analyze weather information for future disaster recovery.
“It’s been a long time since we’ve had an opportunity to get these data into a place where we can get some real insight into how hurricanes are formed, how they develop and how they evolve over time,” said Kevin McNamara, the director of the VirGO Program at Goddard.
“We’ve been using them for a while to understand the process of hurricane formation and development, but there are many, many other things we can learn from the observations of these satellites.
These are some of the first instruments that can be used for this purpose.”NASA said it plans to use the satellite to collect high-resolution imagery and other information for disaster relief efforts.NASA’s Hurricane Center Director Bill Gorman said the satellite would provide an invaluable tool for understanding the impact of hurricane conditions and other threats on the U.S. economy.
Gorman said that as a disaster relief agency, NASA has always been focused on helping the most vulnerable people in the U, including the families and communities that need the most help.
“This satellite will provide invaluable information for the National Response Team in Florida and for FEMA in the region,” Gorman told reporters at a press conference.
“We have never had this opportunity to help people in a way that was so comprehensive and so comprehensive.
This is an exciting opportunity for NASA.”
Gorman added that the satellite will help the agency prepare for the future.
“With the ability of this satellite to do what it does, we can be much more proactive in the future and we can help our communities in the same way we help the people that need help the most,” Gormann said.NASA officials said they are excited about the satellite’s capabilities.
“These satellites are not just another piece of equipment.
They are a vital part of the science base and will help us better understand what is going on and to better prepare the communities for what is coming,” McNamara said.
“And, ultimately, we hope this will also help us build more resilient communities.”NASA’s Goddard is home to a network of spacecraft, equipment and other components for weather and climate research and prediction.
The agency said the new satellite will take advantage of NASA and its partners’ expertise and expertise in data acquisition and analysis, in addition to the agency’s existing capabilities in satellite technology and space-based research.NASA said the Virgosat-1 satellite will offer a wealth of new data about hurricanes and other major storm systems.
“In addition to providing a better understanding of how hurricanes develop, we will be able to understand how these systems evolve and adapt over time, as well as the impacts that they have on our communities and the economy,” NASA said in a statement.