By: Tsao Yu-fan, Evelyn Kao and Christie Chen
Los Angeles, July 19 (CNA) Taiwan’s first domestically developed satellite, Formosat-5,
arrived at Los Angeles International Airport on Wednesday and is being transported to its launch site.
Richard Chang (張揚展), an official from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles, confirmed that the China Airlines cargo plane delivering Formosat-5 has landed in the city, and the satellite will arrive at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California early the next day.
A team of 17 from Taiwan are waiting at the base, where the satellite will undergo final testing and integration with the Falcon 9 rocket, its launch vehicle, before launch which is scheduled for Aug. 24 (U.S. time).
The satellite was designed by the Hsinchu-based National Space Organization (NSPO) and built by more than 50 domestic teams including Taiwan’s CMOS Sensor Inc. and National Central University. [FULL STORY]