NOAA -- The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)

Launching Soon

NOAA improves weather forecasting and severe weather prediction with each generation of environmental satellites. Within the next four years, NOAA’s satellite constellation will include the first six COSMIC-2 satellites (COSMIC-2A).


An image illustration of the COSMIC-2A satellite

Consisting of six satellites, COSMIC-2A is expected to launch in 2019. These six satellites will augment the current COSMIC, providing a significant increase in geographic coverage, quantity, and quality of observations.

COSMIC-2A is a continuing joint effort between the U.S. and the National Space Organization of Taiwan. These satellites provide relatively cost-effective and highly accurate atmospheric measurements, including three-dimensional profiles of temperature, humidity, and pressure, as well as electron density in the ionosphere.

The COSMIC-2A satellites will be launched into an equatorial orbit aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket.