us company 0rbital microsystems has been working with clyde space to launch a prototype satellite to measure weather using something called a microwave radiometer. these things are normally the size of a coffee table, and hugely expensive. but 0ms have developed their own, much cheaper miniature version. they aim to provide and sell weather updates every 15 minutes from a constellation of a0 cubesats — and that's compared to the three—hour updates from the smaller number of big government run satellites. but that extra data could improve the monitoring and prediction of fast changing weather systems like thunderstorms, and hurricanes like devastating hurricane dorian. we see ourselves as being complementary to all of the government satellites, and we are excited they still fly these instruments, they are great, we can calibrate to them, but it's another observation that we don't have to fly. so we are flying in between, we are filling in the gaps to make it a more robust observation. cubesats make it much easier for private companies like 0ms to put groundbreaking kit into space.
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