One month after its launch, the second Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation satellite (Csg FM2), has acquired the first images which show its exceptional capabilities. The program, funded by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Ministry of Defense, with the contribution of the Ministry of University and Research, is currently in its commissioning phase (in-orbit test). From the Pine Island Glacier, located at the South Polewhich shows the dangerous situation that these environments are experiencing, in northern Italy with the delicate environment of the plain on the outskirts of Pordenoneup to the one he portrays some islands of the Galapagos archipelagoare the first subjects acquired by the second second generation Cosmo-SkyMed satellite, processed by e-Geos. The Second Generation Cosmo-SkyMed system was created to ensure operational continuity for the first generation, thanks to the introduction of various innovations in the technology used and in the services made available to users. The first satellite of the new generation was launched in 2019, adding to the 4 first generation satellites launched between 2007 and 2010 and still operational.
The Cosmo-SkyMed constellation is able to provide users with data of exceptional value in terms of applications for which they can be used, including infrastructure monitoring, emergency management, climate change monitoring, security. The new capabilities of the second generation, including “quad pol” and improved resolution in different acquisition modes, have opened the field for numerous new applications. In this program, Italian industry plays a crucial role with Leonardo and its joint ventures Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio, together with a significant number of small and medium-sized enterprises.
Thales Alenia Space (Thales 67%, Leonardo 33%) is the prime contractor responsible for the entire System and for the construction of the two satellites that make up the space component, while Telespazio (Leonardo 67%, Thales 33%) has created the segment di Terra and hosts the command and control center of the constellation in the Fucino Space Center. Leonardo also contributes to the program by supplying stellar attitude sensors for the orientation of the satellite, photovoltaic panels and electronic units for managing electrical power. The data generated by the Cosmo-SkyMed satellites are marketed all over the world by e-Geos, a company of Telespazio (80%) and Asi (20%), which develops applications and provides operational services based on the same data.