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CYGFM02 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 41886
Int'l Code: 2016-078C
Perigee: 520.4 km
Apogee: 543.1 km
Inclination: 35.0 °
Period: 95.1 minutes
Semi major axis: 6902 km
RCS: Unknown
Launch date: December 15, 2016
Source: United States (US)
Launch site: Pegasus launched from Eastern Range Air Space (ERAS)

CYGFM02 is one of the eight research satellites launched by a winged Orbital ATK Pegasus XL rocket to fly around the tropics and return measurements of winds at the cores of hurricanes. The wind data should help scientists better understand the formation, growth and dissipation of tropical cyclones, and lessons from the $157 million Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System may improve hurricane forecasting, particularly the strength of storms at landfall. Researchers compare the way CYGNSS works to the human eye's perception of a full moon reflected in a body of water. Calm winds will make for a perfectly resolved reflection of the moon, while windy conditions will scatter the moon's image in a glistening effect.
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NASA's NSSDC Master Catalog

Two Line Element Set (TLE):
1 41886U 16078C   17116.92721787 +.00000953 +00000-0 +53241-4 0  9994
2 41886 034.9600 342.6612 0016431 246.0863 113.8126 15.13795680020075
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC