By: Tsao Yu-fan and Y.F. Low
Los Angeles, Aug. 18 (CNA) Final preparations are underway for the launch of
Formosat-5, Taiwan’s first domestically developed satellite, from a U.S. air base next week, a Taiwanese official said Friday.
The satellite, which arrived at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California last month, is scheduled to be sent into space on Aug. 24.
Chang Ho-pen (張和本), director of the Formosat-5 project at Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO), told CNA that testing conducted over the past weeks indicated that the satellite was functioning normally.
Although it took quite some time to integrate Formosat-5 with its launch vehicle, the Falcon 9 rocket, the work has been completed successfully, Chang said.