Model of Formosa Satellite 7


This 1:17 scale model of a Formosa Satellite 7 (mission designation COSMIC-2) was presented to Premier Lai Ching-te by Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee during a visit to Taiwan’s National Space Organization to inspect preparations for delivery to the U.S. for launch. The FORMOSAT-7 mission is a joint project between the National Space Organization in Taiwan and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in the U.S. FORMOSAT-7 is a follow-on program to FORMOSAT-3 that will provide a high-reliability weather satellite system, and continues FORMOSAT-3’s use of the radio occultation technique to collect meteorological data. After launch the FORMOSAT-7 constellation will deploy at an altitude of 550 kilometers and an orbital inclination angle of 24 degrees, and complete a full orbit every 97 minutes. The constellation’s six satellites will make 4,000 measurements daily between the latitudes of 50 degrees north and 50 degrees south. FORMOSAT-7 will generate between three and four times the data of the preceding program, greatly increasing the amount of weather measurements at low latitudes, including Taiwan. Observational data from Formosat-7 will be used by the Central Weather Bureau’s numerical weather prediction system to increase the accuracy of both standard forecasting and early detection of extreme weather, like the paths of typhoons and associated precipitation. The satellite system marks an important advance for weather forecasting, climate observation and the monitoring of space weather. (Source: National Applied Research Laboratories’ National Space Organization)


Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee


Premier Lai Ching-te


Presented by Minister of Science and Technology Chen Liang-gee to Premier Lai Ching-te

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