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RainCube: How can a CubeSat radar see the structure of a storm?
Author(s): Simone Tanelli; Eva Peral; Ousmane O. Sy; Gian Franco Sacco; Ziad S. Haddad; Stephen L. Durden; Shivani Joshi
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Paper Abstract

RainCube (Radar in a CubeSat) is a technology demonstration mission to enable Ka-band precipitation radar technologies on a low-cost, quick-turnaround platform. The 6U CubeSat, features a Ka-band nadir pointing precipitation radar with a half-meter parabolic antenna. RainCube first observed rainfall over Mexico in August 2018 and in the following months captured the distinct structures of a variety of storms as well as characteristic signatures of Earth’s surface essential to diagnose pointing and calibration. In this presentation we will focus on the characteristics of the observed scenes, specifically to convey the potential, as well as the limitations, of a radar of this class in addressing the goal of observing weather processes from space.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2019
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 11131, CubeSats and SmallSats for Remote Sensing III, 1113106 (30 August 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2531150
Show Author Affiliations
Simone Tanelli, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Eva Peral, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ousmane O. Sy, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Gian Franco Sacco, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Ziad S. Haddad, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Stephen L. Durden, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)
Shivani Joshi, Jet Propulsion Lab. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11131:
CubeSats and SmallSats for Remote Sensing III
Thomas S. Pagano; Charles D. Norton; Sachidananda R. Babu, Editor(s)

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