Taiwan’s First Self-Made Satellite Will Be Launched Next Year

Taiwan’s First Self-Made Satellite Will Be Launched Next Year
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NPSO's Mechanical Engineering Division Director Chen Jia-ruei says that FORMOSAT-5 will provide two-meter resolution images, which means objects within two meters of length and width can be clearly shown on the ground. This can provide rescue teams with clear and real-time images to help relieve disasters.

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The two satellites, including Taiwan-developed “FORMOSAT-5″ and co-developed FORMOSAT-7, will be launched next year. On November 16, American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) Director Kin Moy paid a special visit to the National Space Organization (NSPO) in Hsinchu Science Park.

NSPO has already completed the missions of FORMOSAT-1 to FORMOSAT-3, and FORMOSAT-5 is the first satellite mission of the “remote sensing satellites project” as well as Taiwan’s first self-made optical telemetry satellite.

As for the FORMOSAT-7 plan, it is a large-scale Taiwan-US international cooperation program, conducted and authorized by both governments. This program is expected to perform a five-year scientific mission, which mainly targets global weather forecasting, climate change research and dynamic monitoring of the ionosphere.

UDN reports, this is the first time an AIT director has visited the NSPO. Moy affirms Taiwan’s development in space technology and its contribution to the international society, saying that he would continue to promote the cooperation between Taiwan and the US in technological developments.

UDN reports, this is the first time an AIT director has visited the NSPO. Moy affirms Taiwan’s development in space technology and its contribution to the international society, saying that he would continue to promote the cooperation between Taiwan and the US in technological developments.

FORMOSAT-5 will launch in the first quarter of next year. It’s built up with Taiwan’s self-reliant space technology, including the highly challenging remote sensing payload system.

NPSO’s Mechanical Engineering Division Director Chen Jia-ruei says that FORMOSAT-5 will provide two-meter resolution images, which means objects within two meters of length and width can be clearly shown on the ground. This can provide rescue teams with clear and real-time images to help relieve disasters.

Chen notes that FORMOSAT-7 will be providing global weather data, which is four times more than what FORMOSAT-3 can provide. This will significantly increase forecasting capability regarding severe weather phenomenon, reducing the damage caused by extreme weather and climate.

China Times reports, the US plans to invest more than US$ 3 billion in this plan. As the first AIT director to visit NSPO, does it mean that Taiwan-US partnership will be extended from weather satellites to military cooperation? Moy says that his visit symbolizes the long-term cooperation between Taiwan and the US, which can bring substantial contributions to the region.

Moy also says that there is no limit for the cooperation between Taiwan and the US regarding satellite programs. With the development of advanced technology, it is difficult to estimate the scope of applicability of these programs, and FORMOSAT-7 is a great example of this.

Translated by Vic Chiang
Edited by Olivia Yang

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