COSMO-SkyMed is an Italian Earth-imaging constellation consisting of four identical satellites, which launched between 2007 and 2010, and all remain operational. COSMO-SkyMed stands for 'COnstellation of small Satellites for the Mediterranean basin Observation'. The mission is owned and operated by ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana) and is funded by the Italian Ministry of Research and the Italian Ministry of Defense.
|Launch dates||COSMO 1: 8 June 2007
COSMO 2: 9 December 2007
COSMO 3: 25 October 2008
COSMO 4: 6 November 2010
|Orbit Height||619.6 km|
|Orbit Type||Circular Sun-synchronous dawn-dusk|
|Local equator crossing time||6:00 AM at ascending node|
|Orbit Period||97.1 minutes|
|Repeat cycle||16 days|
COSMO-SkyMed is part of ESA's Third Party Missions Programme, in which ESA has an agreement with ASI to distribute data products from the mission.