US Naval Research Lab launches space weather instrument on NASA satellite

A US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) has announced one of its space weather instruments is aboard NASA´s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) satellite, which will deliver information to help scientists investigate how both terrestrial and solar weather impact the ionosphere, the company said.

US Naval Research Laboratory´s Michelson Interferometer for Global High-Resolution Thermospheric Imaging (MIGHTI) payload launched on NASA´s Ionospheric Connection Explorer (ICON) mission to study the effects of terrestrial weather and solar influences on the Earth´s ionosphere from a height of about 350 miles.

NRL´s MIGHTI (Michelson Interferometer for Global High-Resolution Thermospheric Imaging) will measure wind and temperature profiles and contribute to a critical data set for scientists as they study how energy and dynamics from the lower atmosphere propagate into the space environment.

The US Naval Research Laboratory is a scientific and engineering command dedicated to research that drives innovative advances for the Navy and Marine Corps from the seafloor to space and in the information domain. NRL is located in Washington, DC.