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COSMO-SkyMed is a 4-spacecraft constellation, conceived by ASI (Agenzia Spaziale Italiana), and funded by the Italian Ministry of Research (MUR) and the Italian Ministry of Defense (MOD), Italy.

Each of the four satellites is equipped with a SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) instrument and is capable of operating in all visibility conditions at high resolution and in real time. The overall objective of this program is global Earth observation and the relevant data exploitation for the needs of the military community as well as for the civil (institutional, commercial) community.

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PolSARpro v6.0 (Biomass Edition) software new release

13 June 2019

ESA are pleased to announce the release of PolSARpro v6.0 (Biomass Edition) software, which is the latest version of the ESA PolSARpro Toolbox (Polarimetric SAR data Processing and Educational Toolbox).

COSMO-SkyMed ESA archive online dataset available

19 December 2018

ESA is pleased to announce the on-line availability of a new dataset: COSMO-SkyMed data for ESA Category-1 users.

The on-line collection is a subset of the full mission archive, provided by e-GEOS, corresponding to the products acquired worldwide from 2008 and previously ordered by ESA Category-1 users.

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Operators ASI (Italian Space Agency)
Date of Launch COSMO 1: 8 June 2007
COSMO 2: 9 December 2007
COSMO 3: 25 October 2008
COSMO 4: 6 November 2010
Status Operating nominally
Orbit Height 619.6 km
Orbit Type Circular sun-synchronous dawn-dusk
Repeat Cycle 16 days
Swath Width (SAR): 10-200 km (depending on support mode)
Onboard Sensors provided under TPM SAR-2000 (Synthetic Aperture Radar-2000)