While SpaceX has an ambitious plan to execute 52 launches in 2022, its beginning to the year seems a bit sketchy. The commercial space company had planned to launch an Italian satellite on Thursday (January 27) evening but it is yet to take off due to bad weather.
Mother Nature has blocked a SpaceX launch for the second day in a row. CSG-2, the Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 satellite, was supposed to launch on Thursday evening from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, but thick clouds and high winds forced a 24-hour postponement. The attempt of today was again get canceled due to bad weather. That has now become a 48-hour endeavor.
During a Livestream of today’s launch attempt, SpaceX production manager Jessie Anderson remarked that they hoped that weather circumstances would improve for liftoff. But they are standing down from today’s effort. Both the vehicle and the payload are in fine shape, and our next launch opportunity is at 6:11 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow. The winds at liftoff and upper-level wind shear still remain a concern for the SpaceX team.
You may watch Saturday’s attempt live on Space.com or directly via SpaceX. It will involve a landing of the Falcon 9’s first stage at Cape Canaveral immediately after liftoff. The webcasts for SpaceX usually begin 15 to 20 minutes before launch. In another tweet, SpaceX has acknowledged that the shift has further tightened its already packed schedule with “back-to-back targeted Falcon 9 launches in Florida this weekend”.
According to a forecast from the US Space Force’s Delta 45 group, there’s an 80 percent likelihood of excellent weather at Cape Canaveral on Saturday, with the main worries being winds at liftoff and upper-level wind shear.
The Italian Space Agency, the Italian Ministry of Defense, and the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities, and Scientific Research collaborated on Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation. The system consists of two satellites that use synthetic aperture radar to study the Earth (SAR).
The first of these satellites got launched on an Arianespace Soyuz rocket in December 2019. CSG-1 is a spacecraft that orbits Earth in a sun-synchronous polar orbit. When CSG-2 lifts off from the ground, it will follow in the footsteps of CSG-1.
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