left to right: N.Beller and B. Doll (STI) in front of Formosat-5 [Source:NSPO] / Formosat-5 [Source:NSPO] / Formosat-5 Launch [Source:SpaceX]
Yesterday, at 20:51 MEST, Formosat-5 was launched from Air Force Base Vandenburg (California,USA) onboard of a Falcon 9 from SpaceX. 82 minutes and 56 seconds after launch, Svalbard station acquired a healthy signal from FORMOSAT-5. NSPO mission team will now monitor an configure the satellite in the coming days.
FORMOSAT-5 is the first space program for which Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO) has taken full responsibility for the design, development and system integration.
Formosat-5 will operate in a sun synchronous orbit at 720-km altitude with 98.28-degree inclination angle. The primary payload is the optical Remote Sensing Instrument (RSI) with a 2-m resolution panchromatic (PAN, black & white) and 4-m resolution multi-spectral (MS, color) images. It consists of one PAN band with 12,000 pixels and four MS bands with 6000 pixels each. Further scientific instruments as secondary payload are under investigation and evalution. FORMOSAT-5 also hosts a secondary scientific payload, an Advanced Ionospheric Probe (AIP), developed by Taiwan’s National Central University.
Under contract to NSPO, SpaceTech signed responsible for
- satellite system engineering support to NSPO
- hardware development support to NSPO and domestic industry
- world-wide procurement of the major portion of the satellite hardware.
And in addition to the system design support and equipment procurement, STI manufactured and delivered:
- the solar generators
- the sun sensors
- the satellite structure
- and the cold gas propulsion system
SpaceTech congratulates NSPO for this success and is proud to have been part of the Formosat-5 Satellite development. We considers the experience and flight heritage gained in this mission a major milestone on our way to become an established small satellite provide, delivering smart, highly cost efficient, reliable and robust space systems.
The satellite launch can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J4u3ZN2g_MI
Further news on the satellite can be found at: http://www.nspo.narl.org.tw/en2016/info/news_list.shtml