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These changes in available water were detected in part with NASA satellites including the NASA/JAXA Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission, NASA's Quick Scatterometer (QuikScat), and NASA's Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, a joint mission with the German Aerospace Center.
Other sensors such as the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer-Earth Observing System on Aqua and the Quick Scatterometer satellite can penetrate cloud cover and analyze the physical properties of ice.
The BCP 2000 buses are part of Ball Aerospace's product assembly line that includes three additional units: the Quick Scatterometer (QuikSCAT) built for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, which is gaining praise for tracking weather disturbances that aid hurricane forecasters; Goddard's Ice, Cloud and land Elevation Satellite (ICESat); and QuickBird 2.
will be in support of NASA's Quick Scatterometer (QuikSCAT) mission.