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Information about COSMO-SkyMed

Published on March 5, 2014

Author: Telespazio



COSMO-SkyMed, financed by the Italian Space Agency, the Italian MoD and MIUR, is a constellation of 4 radar satellites for Earth observation for dual use applications. Telespazio was responsible for manufacturing the civil and military ground segments of the system.


THE COSMO-SKYMED PROGRAMME COSMO-SkyMed is one of the most innovative Earth observation programmes and is financed by the Italian Space Agency, the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of Education, Universities and Scientific Research. The COSMO-SkyMed system involves a constellation of four satellites equipped with radar sensors that can operate under any weather or visibility conditions and with a very high revisit frequency. COSMO-SkyMed was developed by Thales Alenia Space (a Thales/Finmeccanica company), the prime contractor and company with responsibility for the whole system including the space and ground segments. Telespazio (a Finmeccanica/Thales company) built the system’s entire ground segment, civil and military, and the integrated logistics/operations segment. The Matera Space Centre, managed by e-GEOS (Telespazio 80%/ASI 20%) is responsible for the acquisition, processing and distribution of the data gathered by the COSMO-SkyMed satellites for civil applications. COSMO-SkyMed was conceived as a programme to meet civil (environment, civil protection, Oil&Gas) and defence objectives (surveillance). The overall features of the system allow it to interoperate with other systems and to be used within the context of international agreements. In particular, COSMO-SkyMed is able to meet the stringent operating requirements of the European Union/ESA Copernicus programme.

The constellation is managed by e-GEOS, is responsible for the The COSMO-SkyMed constellation comprises acquisition, processing and distribution of four identical satellites that “watch” the data for civil applications. planet day and night, under any atmospheric Through e-GEOS, furthermore, Telespazio is conditions, thanks to high-resolution X-band active in all areas relating to the Earth radar. The system has been implemented in observation market: from acquiring and stages: the first satellite was launched in processing satellite data to developing and June 2007, the second in December 2007, selling software and products. Specifically, the third in October 2008 and the fourth in e-GEOS is a leading international operator November 2010. with an integrated range of application solutions and value-added services, based Telespazio’s role on radar and very high-resolution optical Telespazio built the entire ground segment data. e-GEOS markets COSMO-SkyMed data for COSMO-SkyMed. The Fucino Space worldwide. The COSMO-SkyMed program Centre houses the control centre for the will move forward with the development of constellation, which managed the satellite two second generation satellites with early orbit phase and now carries out improved performance: additional imaging command and control activities and the modes with improved image quality and full planning of applications for the acquisition polarimetry capabilities. of images. The Matera Space Centre, which

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