COSMIC-2 satellite (Credit: NOAA)
WASHINGTON, June 11, 2019 (NOAA PR) — COSMIC-2, a mission of six satellites designed to improve weather forecasts and space weather monitoring, is set to launch no earlier than June 24 from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.
The satellites, flying on the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program-2 mission, are known as the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate (COSMIC-2). This mission is a partnership between the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) with NOAA and the Taiwan National Space Organization (NSPO), as designated representatives.
“This latest generation of COSMIC satellites will continue to build on the successes of the program,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The COSMIC satellites keeps scientists and forecasters informed of minute changes in the atmosphere and space, with this latest batch of satellites ensuring that this critical data is collected from the poles to the tropics.”
In Taiwan, COSMIC-2 is known as FORMOSAT-7. Once launched and in orbit, the COSMIC-2/FORMOSAT-7 satellites will be owned and operated by the authorities in Taiwan and will undergo early check-out, calibration and validation process for approximately ...