FormoSat-7 launch postponed to June 24

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2019/06/13
By: Flor Wang and Claudia Liu

Model of FormoSat-7, CNA file photo

Taipei, June 13 (CNA) The launch date for FormoSat-7/COSMIC-2, the second satellite constellation jointly developed by Taiwan and the United States, has been put back until June 24 at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

FormoSat-7 is now scheduled to be launched at 11:30 a.m. after its original launch date of June 22 was postponed, National Space Organization (NSPO) Deputy Director-General Yu Shiann-jen (余憲政) said Thursday.

Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) will be present at the center to witness the launch with about 400 people from Taiwan, including expatriates, Yu said, noting that the event will be simultaneously broadcast by the NSPO in Hsinchu City at 11:30 a.m. June 25 (local time).

Ninety-one minutes into the launch, FormoSat-7 will separate from the rocket that carries it and within six hours connect to the satellite signal station in Taiwan, according to Yu.    [FULL  STORY]

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