Formosat-7 to be sent to the US today

HIGH-TECH: The satellite is the biggest collaborative program between Taiwan and the US, Tsai Ing-wen said, adding Taiwan plays an important role in international space programs

Taipei Times
Date: Apr 15, 2019
By: Lin Chia-nan  /  Staff reporter

The Formosat-7/COSMIC-2 satellite constellation was yesterday sent to Taoyuan

President Tsai Ing-wen, center, talks to a group of children after attending a ceremony at the National Space Organization headquarters yesterday in Hsinchu.Photo: Peter Lo, Taipei Times

International Airport to be forwarded via diplomatic pouch to the US today, while President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) said it would be launched on June 22.

Tsai made the announcement at a ceremony held by the Ministry of Science and Technology at the National Space Organization (NSPO) at the Hsinchu Science Park (新竹科學園區).

The constellation is the biggest-ever collaborative program between Taiwan and the US, Tsai said.

Its launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket would be more good news following the revelation on Wednesday of the first image of a black hole by an international group of scientists, including Academia Sinica researchers, she said.    [FULL  STORY]

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