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CYGFM08 is classified as:


NORAD ID: 41888
Int'l Code: 2016-078E
Perigee: 521.8 km
Apogee: 543.6 km
Inclination: 35.0 °
Period: 95.1 minutes
Semi major axis: 6903 km
RCS: Unknown
Launch date: December 15, 2016
Source: United States (US)
Launch site: Pegasus launched from Eastern Range Air Space (ERAS)

CYGFM08 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 41888U 16078E   17055.20010081  .00000785  00000-0  44576-4 0  9991
2 41888  34.9528   5.5947 0015809  53.1350 307.0810 15.13481819 10700
Source of the keplerian elements: AFSPC