Heaviest satellite launched by Taiwan/USA into space at 280 kg
COSMIC 2-1 is a government satellite operated by Taiwan's National Space Organization and National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Admistration (NOAA) (Taiwan/USA) for the purpose of earth observation (Meteorology).
Constructed by Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (UK), it was launched into space on 25 June 2019 using Falcon Heavy as the launch vehicle from Cape Canaveral. COSMIC 2-1 orbits around the Earth as a non-polar inclined LEO satellite.
Designed with an operational lifetime of 5 years, COSMIC 2-1 has a launch mass of 280 kg and navigates with the COSPAR ID 2019-036L and NORAD ID 44349.
Taking 99 minutes to orbit the Earth, the satellite's perigee, which is the point of the orbit closest to the Earth's center of mass, is 709km while its apogee, which is the point of the orbit farthest from the Earth's center of mass, is 721km. The eccentricity of the orbit is 8.47E-04 and it orbits at an inclination of 24 degrees to the equatorial plane of the Earth.