SpaceX to Launch Taiwanese Earth Observation Satellite in 2013

[Satellite TODAY 06-15-10] The National Space Organization (NSPO), based in Taiwan, has contracted SpaceX to launch Formosat-5, NSPO’s Earth observation satellite, as early as December 2013, SpaceX announced June 14.
    Formosat-5 will lift off from SpaceX’s launch site on Omelek Island at the U.S. Army Kwajalein Atoll in the Central Pacific. The satellite aims to continue provide data service for civilian users and may also carry instruments to conduct space research and scientific experiments. With Formosat-5, NSPO said it aims to build up capabilities for independent development of spacecraft and payload instruments.
    “SpaceX’s approach to launch services is very well-aligned with our goals and objectives for the program—we are very pleased to partner with them on this launch,” NSPO Formosat-5 Program Manager H.P. Chang said in a statement. 
    Financial details of the contract were not disclosed.

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