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Satellite details
Acronym COSMIC-1
Full name Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere & Climate - 1
Satellite Description
  • 1st constellation of the COSMIC programme, also called FormoSat-3.
  • Cluster of 6 satellite spread along different drifting orbits.
  • Main mission: temperature/humidity sounding.
  • Substantial contribution to Space weather.
Mass at launch 61 kg Dry mass
Power 46 W
Data access link
Data access information
  • Data available by Internet from CDAAC and TACC.
  • Also input to GTS by NOAA after reception from CDAAC (latency time: 75 min).
Orbit Drifting orbit Altitude 800 km
Inclination 72 °


Status Inactive
Details on Status
(as available)
  • FinalĀ asset of orbital separation achieved by end 2007.
  • Progressive degradation of the constellation performance: FM-2, FM-3 and FM-4 off; other intermittent or degraded.
  • Final decommissioning of the constellation in May 2020.
Launch 14 Apr 2006 EOL 06 May 2020
Last update: 2021-05-20
Associated satellite programme and related satellites

Note: red tag: no longer operational , green tag: operational , blue tag : future

Satellite Payload

All known Instruments flying on COSMIC-1

Acronym Full name
IGOR Integrated GPS Occultation Receiver
TIP Tiny Ionosphere Photometer
CERTO/TBB Coherent Electromagnetic Radio Tomography / Triband Beacon Transmitter
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Telecommunication frequency or microwave sensing channel information Show expert details
Service Dir or Mode Frequency Emission designator Bandwidth Polarisation D/A Data rate or Baseband Comments
TM & Raw Data S-E 2215 MHz 4M56G1D 4560  kHz RHCP D 2000  kbps Telemetry, sensor data
TM & Raw Data S-E 2215 MHz 64K0G1D 64  kHz RHCP D 36.48  kbps Telemetry, sensor data
Command E-S 2039.5 MHz 64K0G1D 64  kHz RHCP D 32  kbps Commands