Busy time for Italy as Cosmo-Skymed launches are ordered and exploration opportunities gathered

by | Apr 6, 2017 | commercial launch services, Launches, Satellites, Seradata News

The next generation of Cosmo-Skymed commercial radar satellites will both be launched by Arianespace; the first on a Soyuz in 2018, followed by the second in 2020 using a upcoming Vega-C rocket. Both of these launches will take place from French Guiana. The launch contract was signed by the Italian space agency, Agenzia Spaziale Italiana (ASI), with Arianespace in early April.

The first Soyuz-launched Cosmo-Skymed mission will also host the ESA (European Space Agency) CHEOPS spacecraft. CHEOPS is a ESA-Swiss venture in the form of a small, high-precision telescope designed to provide further information on exoplanets.

The agency had been considering contracting with US launch provider SpaceX for the launch of one or both Cosmo-Skymed satellites. In the end SpaceX lost out to Arianespace, but did not leave empty handed. It received an agreement for a back-up launch service should there be any issue with getting the first satellite launched on time.


Illustration showing Soyuz ST-B. Courtesy: Arianespace


ASI, also signed an agreement with SpaceX for the “opportunity for payload transportation to Mars”, most likely in the form of a payload on-board a future Red Dragon mission. This is coupled with the recent signing of an agreement between Italy and China for the framework to future long-term cooperation in the field of manned space exploration.

Matthew Wilson contributed to this article

About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned Seradata database. Trusted by over 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, Seradata is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to https://www.seradata.com/product/

Related Articles




nasaspacexecoreviewsissesaArianespacevideochinaFalcon 9v1.2FT Block 525virgin galacticULAfalcon 9RoscosmosevaDGAspacewalkaviation weekInternational Space StationaressoyuzIGTRocket LabBlue OriginBeidouawardsStarlinkspaceSatellite broadcastingrussiaAirbus DSboeingmoonISROOneWebCargo Return VehiclemarsblogresearchspaceshiptwojaxaorionmarsimpactdelayhyperbolaEutelsatdemocratrocketlunarhypertextobamagoogle lunar prizelaunchVegaSESbarack obamaconstellationtourismnorthfiguresthales alenia spacespaceflightIntelsatnode 2fundedRaymond Lygo2009Lockheed MartinExpress MD-2Elon MuskAtlas Vromess2dassault aviationaviationLucy2008wk2sstlukradiosuborbitaltestmissiledocking portexplorationAriane 5 ECAVirgin OrbitinternetLong March 2D/2sts-122SLSNorthrop GrummanChina Manned Space EngineeringAriane 5missile defensenewspapercotsgalileospace tourismflight2010ElectronLong March 4CspaceportExpress AMU 1buildspace stationaltairsoyuz 2-1aProton Minternational astronautical congressshuttlespace shuttlescaled compositesIntelsat 23European Space AgencyLauncherOneCosmosnew yorkrulesAriane 6hanleybudgetatvVietnamshenzhoucongressMojaveboldennew shepardLong March 2CInmarsatOrbital ATKcnesiaclunar landerGuiana Space CenterkscApollolawsUS Air ForceSpace Systems/LoralUK Space AgencyLong March 4BKuaizhou 1AILSprotondarpaTalulah RileyElectron KSFalcon 9v1.2 Block 5Vega CNorth KoreaeuAstriumSkylonpicturebaseusaastronautdragonlanderfiveeventTelesatSSLAprilSNC50thinterviewLong MarchSea LaunchfalconWednesdaycustomerlinkatlantissuccessor

Stay Informed with Seradata

Stay informed on the latest news, insights, and more from Seradata by signing up for our newsletter.