FSU Professor Leads NASA Science Team

Posted at 9:39 PM, Sep 24, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-24 17:45:52-04

TALLAHASSEE, FL. (WTXL) - FSU Professor Dr. Mark Bourassa is one of the scientists behind the launch of the Spacex Dragon, which safely arrived at the international space station Tuesday.

Dr. Bourassa is leading the NASA "Ocean Vector Winds" science team that will work with Rapid SCAT data to measure ocean surface wind speed and direction to help improve weather forecasts, including hurricane monitoring.

Dr. Bourassa was excited to learn about the opportunity to launch the system into space and has been pursuing it for years. He says, he will start receiving data as soon as October 5th.

Rapid SCAT is the first weather forecasting tool to be used on the International Space Station.