By Lu Yi-hsuan and Jonathan Chin / Journalist, with an editor
Taiwan and the United States are to sign a memorandum of understanding to continue bilateral science and technology cooperation on the Formosat-7/COSMIC-2 satellites, the American Institute of Taiwan (AIT) announced yesterday.
The de facto U.S. Embassy in Taiwan announced on Facebook that it plans to sign a new memorandum of understanding with the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States to extend the program.
Since its launch in 2019, the program has “exemplified the close cooperation and strong partnership” between the two countries, and provided “a vital new source of data contributing to space weather forecasting and helping to mitigate risks to space weather.” critical infrastructure globally,” AIT said. .
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This extension of the program would mark “a new era of great cooperation between the United States and Taiwan”, he said. “The whole world will continue to benefit from the ongoing scientific engagement between the United States and Taiwan.”
The National Space Organization (NSPO) said Formosat-7 is a highly reliable constellation of weather observation satellites it has established with the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration as a follow-up to the Formosat program. -3.
The United States is responsible for satellite launches, payloads and the deployment of ground receiving stations around the world, while Taiwan is responsible for system design and integration, the development of six spacecraft and the conduct of mission operations, the NSPO said.
The constellation was launched into space from Kennedy Space Center in Florida on June 25, 2019, using a Space Exploration Technologies Falcon Heavy rocket.
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