For the second day in a row, Mother Nature has thwarted a planned SpaceX launch.
In SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket originally scheduled to launch the Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation FM2 (CSG-2) satellite from Florida's Cape Canaveral Space Force Station on Thursday night (January 27), but thick clouds and strong winds forced a 24-hour delay.
It has now become a push of 48 hours, as bad weather also got today's (January 28) attempt.
"We were hoping that the weather conditions would be better to start with, but unfortunately we refrain from today's attempt." SpaceX said Production Manager Jessie Anderson during a webcast of today's launch attempt. "The vehicle and payload remain in good health, and our next launch opportunity is tomorrow at 6:11 p.m. Eastern time."
You can watch Saturday's (January 29) attempt - which will include a landing of Falcon 9's first stage at Cape Canaveral shortly after takeoff - here on Space.com, with permission from SpaceX, or directly through the company. SpaceX webcasts usually start 15 to 20 minutes before departure.
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There's an 80% chance of good weather at Cape Canaveral on Saturday, with winds at ascending and windsurfing at the top level as the only concerns, according to a forecast from the US Space Forces Delta 45 group.
Cosmo-SkyMed Second Generation is a collaboration between the Italian Space Agency, the Italian Ministry of Defense and the Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Scientific Research. The system consists of two satellites that observe the Earth using synthetic aperture radar (SAR).
The first of these satellites was launched in December 2019 on top of an Arianespace Soyuz rocket. The spacecraft, known as the CSG-1, glides around the Earth in a sun-synchronous polar orbit at an altitude of 385 miles (620 kilometers). CSG-2 will run towards the same trajectory when coming from the ground.
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