Mar 8, 2015 9:29 AM

UNH instruments to lift off on NASA satellite mission

The Associated Press

DURHAM (AP) - A satellite launch from NASA scheduled March 12 will contain instruments constructed or coordinated by University of New Hampshire researchers.

More than half of the key instruments that populate four satellites were worked on for nearly a decade by scientists, engineers and students from UNH's Institute for the Study of Earth Oceans and Space.

Each of the four satellites, flying together as a tightly coordinated, pyramid-shaped fleet, will study electromagnetic fields and "space weather" patterns that can impact communication satellites, GPS navigation, and Earth-based power grids.

The scientists want to understand how magnetic explosions work, in part, to predict when they might occur and better protect the technologies modern society relies upon.


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