Episode 2: Navigating to the Future

THE FORMOSAT-7 MISSION

An exclusive, behind-the-scenes look at a cutting-edge weather satellite system and how it can provide a leap forward in forecast accuracy. Learn how satellite data helps scientists understand “space weather,” and explore the possibility of earthquake and tsunami prediction. Follow a team from Taiwan’s space agency as they conduct final tests, then prepare for launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket and deployment into orbit.

After passing a crucial review, the team at Taiwan’s space agency can prepare six high-tech weather satellites for shipment to the U.S. launch site. The satellites and 52 crates of equipment must be packed in time. The satellite system, known as a “constellation,” will not only improve weather forecasts, it could also help predict disturbances in the ionosphere that can disrupt global navigation satellite systems crucial for aviation.