SpaceX is preparing to launch an Italian-made Earth observation satellite, which will lift off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida on January 29. The COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation (CSG-2) FM2 will launch aboard the Falcon 9 rocket at 4:41 a.m. (IST) and is part of the Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation program funded by the Italian Space Agency. The launch was originally scheduled for January 28 around the same time, but was delayed due to adverse weather conditions.
Due to inclement weather, now targeting Friday, January 28 at 6:11 PM EST for the launch of COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2
—SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 27, 2022
“Due to unfavorable weather conditions, we are now targeting Friday, January 28 at 6:11 PM EST for the launch of COSMO-SkyMed second generation FM2,” SpaceX wrote in its tweet earlier today. In a previous tweet, the company had informed that the weather was 60% favorable before the takeoff was finally postponed. SpaceX will stream the launch live 15-20 minutes before liftoff on its official YouTube channel and Twitter handle.
However, US Space Force Delta 45 forecasts indicate that similar conditions with heavy clouds and winds aloft are possible, which could become cause for concern, Space.com reported. The CSG-2 program is also funded by the Italian Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Education, Universities and Scientific Research and the satellites designed under this program observe the Earth using a technology called Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR).
“COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation[‘s] the purpose is to monitor the Earth for emergency prevention, strategy, scientific and commercial purposes, providing data on a global scale to support a variety of applications,” the Space Agency wrote. European in the program description, Espace.com reports. These applications would include risk management, mapping, forest and environmental protection, natural resource exploration, land management, defense and security, maritime surveillance, and food management and of farming.
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The company has ambitious plans for this year as it aims to perform 52 orbital flights this year, at the rate of one launch per week. After the January 29 launch, SpaceX has scheduled another flight on February 2 for the NROL-87 mission from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California. The firm informed that it had carried out a static firing of the Falcon 9 before takeoff. SpaceX achieved 31 successful launches in 2021, a record it intends to beat this year.
Falcon 9 static fire test completed – targeting Feb. 2 for launch of NROL-87 mission from Vandenberg Space Force Base in California
—SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 26, 2022