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Introduction to Formosat-8 remote sensing satellite program
Author(s): Chia-Ray Chen
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2019 is the new era for space programs in Taiwan. The 3rd phase of the “National Space Technology Long-Term Development Program” in Taiwan (3rd phase space program) has been started since 2019 and plans to be completed in 2028. Serving as a follow-on mission of Formosat-5, Formosat-8 program plans to develop six remote sensing satellites, constructing a constellation, for global coverage and multiple local revisits over Taiwan every day. According to the mission planning of the 3rd phase space program, the remote sensing satellites are designed to meet most of the requirements from the end users. Besides, NSPO will also promote the local space industry under the authorization of the government. The satellite development approach for Formosat-8 satellite program is initiated differently from the past. Local industry and research institutes will cooperate with NSPO to develop most of the key components and core technologies. How to qualify newly developed key components and core technologies will be very critical in this program. The first satellite of Formosat-8 will be treated as a flight demonstration platform for the follow-on five satellites. There are more than fifteen key components and core technologies will be developed and verified in the Formosat-8 program. The development strategy and current status will be demonstrated in this paper.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 October 2019
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 11151, Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XXIII, 1115119 (10 October 2019); doi: 10.1117/12.2536515
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Chia-Ray Chen, National Space Organization (Taiwan)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11151:
Sensors, Systems, and Next-Generation Satellites XXIII
Steven P. Neeck; Philippe Martimort; Toshiyoshi Kimura, Editor(s)

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