October 5, 2022

SpaceX will now launch an Earth-observation satellite for Italy Monday (yes, you can watch it live)

The launch has now been delayed for four consecutive days, the first three for bad weather and the 4th since a ship wandered into the no-go zone downrange of Cape Canaveral.SpaceX is now expected to launch an Italian Earth-observation satellite no earlier than today (Jan. 30), 2 days later on than prepared due to bad weather condition, and youll be able to view it live here when it raises off.A two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 (CSG-2) satellite is set up to raise off from Floridas Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 6:11 p.m. EST (2311 GMT) on Saturday. SpaceX webcasts usually begin 15 to 20 minutes prior to liftoff.Sundays weather condition projection calls for more than a 90% chance of excellent launch conditions, with thick clouds as the only issue, according to a projection from the U.S. Space Forces Delta 45 group.Related: The advancement of SpaceXs rockets in picturesA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bring the Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 satellite stands atop Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida ahead of a planned launch on Jan. 30, 2022. Its robotic Dragon freight spacecraft returned from the International Space Station on Monday (Jan. 24), and the business is preparing to release a batch of its Starlink web satellites from Florida on Monday (Jan. 31) after a two-day delay due to the weather condition concerns, as well as the NROL-87 objective for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office on Feb. 2 from SpaceXs California launch pad at the Vandenberg Space Force Base.Editors note: SpaceX had actually originally targeted Thursday (Jan. 27) for the launch of CSG-2 but has actually delayed the flight several times due to bad weather.

Editors note for Jan. 30: SpaceX has delayed its launch of the Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 satellite for Italy to no earlier than Monday (Jan. 30), at 6:11 p.m. EST (2311 GMT). The launch has actually now been delayed for 4 consecutive days, the first three for bad weather and the fourth due to the fact that a ship roamed into the no-go zone downrange of Cape Canaveral.SpaceX is now expected to release an Italian Earth-observation satellite no earlier than today (Jan. 30), 2 days later than planned due to bad weather condition, and youll be able to see it live here when it raises off.A two-stage SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket topped with the Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 (CSG-2) satellite is set up to take off from Floridas Cape Canaveral Space Force Station at 6:11 p.m. EST (2311 GMT) on Saturday. SpaceX at first aimed to release the mission Thursday, but postponed it for 24 hours less than hour before liftoff. A launch effort on Friday was avoided by a thick cloud layer and weather continued to ward off the launch on Saturday, the company said. ” Due to weather in Florida impacting pre-launch operations, now targeting Sunday, January 30 at 6:11 p.m. EST for launch of COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 from SLC-40,” SpaceX wrote on Twitter after scrubbing the launch.You can see all the action live here at Space.com when the time comes, courtesy of SpaceX, or directly by means of the business. SpaceX webcasts typically begin 15 to 20 minutes prior to liftoff.Sundays weather report requires more than a 90% chance of good launch conditions, with thick clouds as the only concern, according to a forecast from the U.S. Space Forces Delta 45 group.Related: The evolution of SpaceXs rockets in picturesA SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket bring the Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 satellite stands atop Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida ahead of a planned launch on Jan. 30, 2022. In the background, another Falcon 9 rocket carrying a new batch of SpaceX Starlink satellites stands prepared to release from NASAs Pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center on Jan. 31. (Image credit: SpaceX) The Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation program is funded by the Italian Space Agency, the Italian Ministry of Defense and the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Scientific Research. The system consists of two satellites, which are developed to observe Earth using synthetic aperture radar (SAR). CSG is an enhanced follow-on to the initial Cosmo-SkyMed system. ” COSMO-SkyMed Second Generation [s] purpose is to monitor the Earth for the sake of emergency prevention, method, business and clinical functions, offering data on a worldwide scale to support a range of applications among which threat management, cartography, forest and environment protection, natural deposits exploration, land management, defense and security, maritime monitoring, food and farming management,” European Space Agency authorities wrote in a description of the program.The initially CSG satellite, CSG-1, released atop an Arianespace Soyuz rocket from Kourou, French Guiana in December 2019 and is currently operating in a sun-synchronous polar orbit, 385 miles (620 kilometers) above Earth. CSG-2 is headed for the very same orbit.This will be the 3rd launch for this Falcon 9 rockets very first phase. The booster previously helped introduce the Arabsat-6A communications satellite and Space Test Program 2 objective for the U.S. military. For this flight, the rocket is expected to come back for a vertical goal at SpaceXs Landing Site 1 at Cape Canaveral not long after launch.Sundays prepared launch belongs to a very busy 10-day stretch for SpaceX. Its robotic Dragon freight spacecraft returned from the International Space Station on Monday (Jan. 24), and the company is planning to release a batch of its Starlink internet satellites from Florida on Monday (Jan. 31) after a two-day hold-up due to the weather condition issues, in addition to the NROL-87 mission for the U.S. National Reconnaissance Office on Feb. 2 from SpaceXs California launch pad at the Vandenberg Space Force Base.Editors note: SpaceX had actually originally targeted Thursday (Jan. 27) for the launch of CSG-2 however has delayed the flight a number of times due to bad weather condition. This story was updated at 5:46 p.m. EST (2246 GMT) on Jan. 29 to show the latest delay.Mike Wall is the author of “Out There” (Grand Central Publishing, 2018; highlighted by Karl Tate), a book about the search for alien life. Follow him on Twitter @michaeldwall. Follow us on Twitter @Spacedotcom or on Facebook..

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