NASA to launch twin satellites to study signal disruption from space

Updated: few hours ago

Washington, Jun 11 (PTI) NASA is set to launch a pair of mini satellites that will study how military and airline communications, as well as GPS signals, get distorted when they pass through the Earth's upper atmosphere.

The twin E-TBEx CubeSats -- short for Enhanced Tandem Beacon Experiment -- are scheduled to launch on June 24 aboard the US Department of Defense's Space Test Program-2 launch along with a total of 24 satellites.

The E-TBEx CubeSats focus on how radio signals can be distorted by structured bubbles in this region, called the ionosphere.

Especially problematic over the equator, these distortions can interfere with military and airline communications as well as GPS signals.