DURHAM, N.H. — State-of-the-art weather instruments developed by University of New Hampshire researchers have been launched into outer space.

The equipment was launched into space aboard a rocket carrying a NASA satellite. Foster’s Daily Democrat reports the instruments launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on March 1.

The technology developed by the UNH Space Science Center is part of a suite of weather instruments created specifically for new National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration weather satellites designed to better forecast weather.

The UNH researchers were chosen to create, build and calibrate a sensor that will allow scientists to monitor ionic radiation that can impact communications satellites and even airline travel.

The new satellite is expected to be declared operational later this year.

Information from: Foster’s Daily Democrat, http://www.fosters.com

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