CYGNSS Technology

Flight Segment Integration

The deployment module carries the eight observatories in two cylindrical tiers, with four observatories per tier. Once in orbit, the observatories are deployed in opposite pairs to balance forces. The deployments are spaced about a minute apart to avoid collision. If there is any deployment tipoff, the observatories will autonomously recover and orient themselves into proper configuration.

Sierra Nevada Corporation will provide the deployment module.

NASA Ames Research Center
University of Michigan
Southwest Research Institute of Texas
Surrey Satellite Technology of Colorado