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COSMO-SkyMed is a 4-spacecraft constellation, conceived by ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana), and funded by the Italian Ministry of Research (MUR) and the Italian Ministry of Defense (MOD), Italy.

Each of the four satellites is equipped with a SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) instrument and is capable of operating in all visibility conditions at high resolution and in real time. The overall objective of this program is global Earth observation and the relevant data exploitation for the needs of the military community as well as for the civil (institutional, commercial) community.

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COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation ready for take-off

16 December 2019

Devised by the Italian Space Agency (ASI), together with the Italian Ministry of Defence (MOD) and the Italian space industry, funded by the Italian Ministry of Research (MUR) and the Italian Ministry of Defence (MOD), the first COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation (CSG) satellite is ready to join the other four COSMO-SkyMed (CSK) satellites already in orbit.

PolSARpro v6.0 (Biomass Edition) software new release

13 June 2019

ESA are pleased to announce the release of PolSARpro v6.0 (Biomass Edition) software, which is the latest version of the ESA PolSARpro Toolbox (Polarimetric SAR data Processing and Educational Toolbox).

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Operators ASI (Italian Space Agency)
Date of Launch COSMO 1: 8 June 2007
COSMO 2: 9 December 2007
COSMO 3: 25 October 2008
COSMO 4: 6 November 2010
Status Operating nominally
Orbit Height 619.6 km
Orbit Type Circular sun-synchronous dawn-dusk
Repeat Cycle 16 days
Swath Width (SAR): 10-200 km (depending on support mode)
Onboard Sensors provided under TPM SAR-2000 (Synthetic Aperture Radar-2000)