Cosmo SkyMed Gen II Program Unveiled

Two Cosmo SkyMed Gen II Earth observation radarsats are to be launched in 2014 and 2015 following the formal launch of the program by the Italian defense ministry and ASI, the Italian space agency.

The executive agreement between the two bodies became operational Feb. 12, with the signature of General Vincenzo Camporini, chief of defense staff and of the ASI commissar, Enrico Saggese.

The program has received the official name of CSG, Cosmo SkyMed Seconda Generazione, and is to be carried out by combining the financing resources of ASI and the military. The satellites are to be part of the future MUSIS (Multinational Space-based Imaging System), which will combine the resources and space assets of Italy, Belgium, Greece, Germany, France and Spain, while other European countries could still join.

Source Aviationweek

Author: EARSC

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