These SmallSats are poised to change the way we do science from space.
HARP is poised to be the first U.S. imaging polarimeter in space.
NASA, universities and other institutions are exploring new earth sciences technology, Earth’s radiative cycle, Earth’s microwave emission, ice clouds and many other science and engineering challenges.
Here at UMBC we’ve created the Center for Earth and Space Studies to study how well small satellites do at answering science questions regarding Earth systems and space.
Beyond answering questions about cloud/aerosol interactions, the next goal is to determine how to best use SmallSats and other technologies for Earth and space science applications.
The SmallSat revolution, boosted by popular access to space via CubeSats, is now rushing toward the next revolution.