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).
Consisting of six satellites, COSMIC-2A is expected to launch in 2018. 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.