Taiwan Space Agency (TASA) Director Wu Jong-shinn has announced that Taiwan aims to launch a small satellite into space by 2030. A satellite launch program has already been established this year with the support of the National Science Council. The goal of the program is to send a 200-kilogram satellite into low Earth orbit.
Taiwan has been involved in satellite technology for over 30 years and has a strong foundation in industries such as ICT, semiconductors, precision machinery, and chemical materials. Chen Kuo-liang, Director of the National Science and Technology Council’s Department of Foresight and Innovation Policies, expressed his hope that Taiwan can contribute to international connections within the space industry.
TASA recently unveiled its new satellite launch vehicle at the 2023 Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition. The satellite carrier rocket, designed and developed domestically, will be used for both national and commercial satellite launch missions. The rocket is intended for low Earth orbit, approximately 300 km above the earth’s surface, and has a length of 25 meters and weight of 37 tons. It has the capacity to carry one 200 kg satellite.
Taiwan’s efforts to enter the space industry highlight its commitment to technological advancements and its desire to contribute to global space exploration and communication. With the establishment of the satellite launch program and the development of the new satellite launch vehicle, Taiwan is taking significant steps towards becoming a key player in the space industry by 2030.