Taiwan, U.S. to release FormoSat-7 atmosphere data Saturday

Focus Taiwan
Date: 03/06/2020
By: Lee Hsin-Yin

The FormoSat-7 satellite at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 25, 2019. (CNA file photo)

Taipei, March 6 (CNA) Data on the Earth's atmosphere collected by the FormoSat-7 satellite, a U.S.-Taiwan collaboration, will be officially made available to the public starting Saturday, Taiwan's National Space Organization (NSPO) said Friday.

Every day at 10 a.m., the NSPO will release the meteorological data of the previous day at https://tacc.cwb.gov.tw/v2/download.html, which is expected to strengthen global weather forecasting capabilities, said program director Vicky Chu (朱崇惠).

The Taiwan-made six-satellite constellation, which carries sensors developed by the U.S., provide data from about 4,000 locations between latitudes 50 degrees north and 50 degrees south, Chu said.

Given that three to four times more data is being collected from the FormoSat-7 than from its predecessor, FormoSat-3, which Taiwan's Central Weather Bureau and other global weather centers currently depend on to a large extent, it will give forecasters a much greater sense of the atmosphere, she said.    [FULL  STORY]

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