Episode 3: The Launch

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.

A groundbreaking weather satellite system awaits launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket from Kennedy Space Center. A Taiwan-U.S. collaboration, the six-satellite “constellation” will help improve severe weather forecasts. Scientists investigate the exciting possibility of using its measurements to help warn of natural disasters like earthquakes and tsunamis. The countdown to launch begins. Will the satellites make it into orbit unharmed?