Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), the Taiwan National Space Organization, NASA, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and others have come together to launch a space mission that will change the future of weather forecasting on the planet.
The mission, COSMIC- 2 launched, from Florida. COSMIC- 2 comprises 6 satellites built to enhance space weather study and forecasting was launched into space on aboard a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket departing from Cape Canaveral in Florida, USA. Australia’s BOM, will play an instrumental role in the mission, working from their ground station in Middle Point, Northern Territory.
The satellites will capture and record data that will help the BOM in forecasting storms in warm, tropical areas near the equator, as they are the source for weather and climate services. The BOM has an establishment of a large network of ground stations that will coordinate signals with the satellites.
“This enables us to make a valuable contribution to international space missions, such as COSMIC-2. In the case of COSMIC-2 we will be sending commands to the satellites as well as downlinking real-time data,” said Dr. Anthony Rea, Chief Data Officer, BOM.
The original mission to improve weather forecast systems began more than a decade ago, in 2006. The new COSMIC- 2 is advanced in design and scope. With this, the satellites will orbit the planet close to the equator, measuring tropics and substropics also studying the ionosphere for solar storm effects. COSMIC- 2 will use radio occultation techniques to gather signals from the Global Navigation Satellite system.