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Australian satellites that will improve the nation's weather forecasting will shoot into space on the world's most powerful operational rocket today, with the help of a small team of experts in the Northern Territory.
SpaceX, the company founded by entrepreneur Elon Musk, and the US Department of Defence will launch two dozen satellites into space on the Falcon Heavy rocket, scheduled to launch from Florida's Cape Canaveral.
The satellites are owned by a range of stakeholders — including NASA, the Taiwan National Space Organisation, and the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — and will help improve global weather monitoring accuracy, as well as future spacecraft design and performance.
Australia's Bureau of Meteorology has booked a ride for six satellites — collectively called the Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate, or COSMIC-2.
"Personally, being a space nerd it's a very exciting thing to be a part of and for the Bureau of Meteorology to be a part of," chief data officer Dr Anthony Rea said.
This article first appeared on www.abc.net.au
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