SeaWinds

Artist's concept of SeaWinds Artist's concept of SeaWinds

Artist's concept of SeaWinds. Image Credit: NASA/JPL
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Mission Summary

The SeaWinds instrument, which flies on NASA's Quick Scatterometer Earth satellite, is a specialized microwave radar that measures near-surface wind velocity and cloud cover over Earth's oceans.

The instrument is designed to improve weather predictions and models, in part to help plan for and anticipate extreme weather conditions such as floods, hurricanes and tsunamis.


Type: Instrument
 
Status: Current
 
Launch Date: June 19, 1999
7:15 p.m. PDT (02:15 UTC)
 
Launch Location: Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
 
Target: Earth
 
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