UPDATE: Taiwan’s first self-made satellite almost misses its flight to US after paperwork scare

The China Post
Date: July 19, 2017
By: The China Post

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Handlers of the first Taiwan-made satellite, FORMOSAT-5, could

(National Space Organization)

finally heave a sigh of relief after they were told that their last-minute paperwork rush should made it just in time for the flight late Wednesday to California, from where it’s set to be launched into orbit.

The remote-sensing satellite was being held by customs at the Taoyuan airport earlier Wednesday. While authorities would only say that it was a “paperwork issue” delaying its exit, the Liberty Times reported that the satellite’s handlers had completely forgotten to apply for an export permit.

Customs officials said later that there should be no problem for the satellite to make the 11:50 p.m. flight after the missing documents were handed in.

The FORMOSAT-5 is headed for California, where it will be launched into space on Aug. 25.    [FULL  STORY]

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