Honolulu Science Cafe
February 18, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm HST
What can we learn about the Earth using a satellite the size of a shoe-box?
With Dr. Rob Wright of HIGP, UH Manoa
Rob Wright is a Researcher and the Interim Director of the Hawaii Institute of Geophysics and Planetology, at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was, and is, a member of several NASA science teams and focuses on using satellites to study Earth’s active volcanoes. He is the Principal Investigator for NASA’s HyTI mission.
“I will provide an overview of NASA’s HyTI satellite mission, which will launch from the International Space Station in Fall 2021. The satellite is a 6U CubeSat (measuring 30cm x 20cm x 10cm) and the spacecraft and instrument it carries are being designed, integrated, and tested at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, prior to delivery to NASA. Once launched it will allow us to measure the chemical composition of volcanic gas plumes, as well as the moisture content of agricultural fields, from 400 km up.”