Third phase of space program will see more localization
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – Over the next decade, Taiwan will launch at least one satellite a year under a NT$25.1 billion (US$814.5 million) government plan, Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (陳良基) said Wednesday.
FORMOSAT-7 was ready for shipment to the United States for a launch this year, to be followed by completely locally developed spacecraft, the Central News Agency reported. SpaceX would use a Falcon Heavy rocket to boost the Taiwanese satellite into space, where it would take over the functions of FORMOSAT-3. [FULL STORY]