Airbus Defence and Space


Remote sensing for Taiwan’s space agency

FORMOSAT 2 is the second high-resolution Earth observation satellite for the Taiwanese National Space Program Office (NSPO). The mission is regional remote sensing – to collect data to be used for natural disaster evaluation, agricultural applications, urban planning strategy, environmental monitoring and ocean surveillance. In addition, the satellite’s payload will include an auroral observation instrument. FORMOSAT 2, originally called Rocsat-2, was launched on 20 May 2004, and renamed in December of that year.

Airbus Defence and Space was prime contractor for the space segment of the FORMOSAT 2 programme, and supplied both the platform (the first application of the company’s Leostar bus) and the on-board remote-sensing instrument RSI (the first all-silicon carbide instrument). FORMOSAT 2 was Airbus Defence and Space’s first Earth observation commercial export contract. Images from FORMOSAT 2 are available through Airbus Defence and Space’ GEO-Information Division.

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