TEMPEST Mission Concept

A strong partnership among CSU, JPL, and Blue Canyon Technologies

Focused Study of Rapid Convective Processes

  • Makes measurements in quick succession using 8 passive microwave sensors in a single orbital plane.
  • Measures the evolution of water vapor and
    precipitation over 21—28 minutes.
  • Investigates relationship between water vapor and deep
    convection in the tropics and mid-latitudes.
  • Addresses a “most important” science question from the
    2017 Earth Science Decadal Survey:
  • Why do convective storms, heavy precipitation, and clouds occur exactly when and where they do?

Fact Sheet

Low-Risk Implementation

  • Based on successful TEMPEST-D mission from NASA’s Earth Venture Technology Program
  • TEMPEST-D met all requirements on schedule and budget
  • Uses proven flight system from TEMPEST-D
  • Maintains same core team and partnerships as TEMPEST-D