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Program: COSMO-Skymed

Italian remote sensing program operated by ASI (Italian Space Agency). Four satellites planned. For civilian and military use (Italian Ministry of Defense).

Part of the Orfeo program.

In Dec 2004, ASI signed a contract worth EUR 900 million with Finmeccanica to build the first 4 satellites. Went operational in 2008.

In Jun 2005, Italy exchanged access right to Helios with rights to Cosmo-Skymed.

A second generation is planned built by Thales alenia Space and Telespazio from 2014, now 2019. Approx 2200 kg at launch. To be launched by Soyuz and Vega from Kourou. Two more satellites ordered in Dec 2020.

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