NASA will host a teleconference at 2:30 p.m. EST Monday, Nov. 7, to preview several Earth science missions using small satellites heading into space, starting this year, to help us better understand our home planet.

NASA has embraced the revolution in small spacecraft and satellites, from CubeSats you can hold in your hand to microsatellites the size of a small washing machine. The technology helps advance scientific and human exploration, reduces the cost of new missions, and expands access to space. The briefing will discuss NASA’s overall program, technology development initiatives, and new Earth-observing missions that use individual and constellations of small satellites to study climate change, hurricanes and clouds.

Participants in the teleconference will be:

Ellen Stofan, chief scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington

Thomas Zurbuchen, associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters

Steve Jurczyk, associate administrator for Space Technology Mission Directorate at NASA Headquarters

Michael Freilich, director of the Earth Science Division at NASA Headquarters

Aaron Ridley, mission constellation scientist for NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System (CYGNSS) at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor

Bill Swartz, CubeSat principal investigator for the Radiometer Assessment using Vertically Aligned Nanotubes (RAVAN) project at Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Maryland

William Blackwell, principal investigator for the Time-Resolved Observations of Precipitation structure and storm Intensity with a Constellation of Smallsats (TROPICS) mission at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge

To participate by phone, media must contact Sean Potter at 202-358-1536 or and provide their affiliation no later than 12 p.m. Monday. Media and the public may ask questions via social media with #askNASA.

Audio of the teleconference will stream live on NASA’s website at: 

For information about all of NASA’s small satellite projects, visit: