Remote sensing for Taiwan’s space agency
Rocsat-2 is the second high-resolution Earth observation satellite for the Taiwanese National Space Program Office (NSPO) whose 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. Rocsat-2 was launched on 20 May 2004.
Airbus Defence and Space was prime contractor for the space segment of the Rocsat-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). Rocsat-2 was Airbus Defence and Space’s first Earth observation commercial export contract.