Taiwan to launch one satellite a year over the next decade

Third phase of space program will see more localization

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/02/13
By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer

Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee (left) unveils the next phase of Taiwan’s space program. (By Central News Agency)

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]

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