Tue. Oct 3rd, 2023
Taiwan Space Agency Unveils New Satellite Launch Vehicle

The Taiwan Space Agency (TASA) has revealed its latest satellite launch vehicle at the 2023 Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition. This domestically designed and developed rocket will serve both national and commercial satellite launch missions. The project has strengthened domestic manufacturers through industry-academia cooperation, facilitating the creation of a supply chain for rocket components.

The new satellite carrier rocket is specifically designed for low earth orbit, approximately 300 km above the earth’s surface. It measures 25 meters in length and weighs 37 tons, with the capacity to carry a single 200-kg satellite.

TASA has a successful track record of launching satellites, having launched 15 between 1999 and 2019, including FORMOSAT satellites 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7. Currently, FORMOSAT 5 and 7 remain in service. Looking ahead, TASA has ambitious plans to launch the Triton satellite, FORMOSAT 8, FORMOSAT 9, and the B5G LEO Communication Satellite between 2023 and 2028. Furthermore, the agency aims to construct ten remote sensing satellites in the future.

Established in 1991, TASA has been dedicated to advancing Taiwan’s satellite technology for over 30 years. With the unveiling of the new satellite launch vehicle, they continue to demonstrate their commitment to the development of the country’s aerospace industry.

The Taipei Aerospace and Defense Technology Exhibition (TADTE) is scheduled to take place from September 14th to 19th at the Nangang Exhibition Center.