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Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou views FORMOSAT-7 solar array testing

FORMOSAT-7 spacecraft unfolds its wings for VIP visitor.
President Ma Ying-jeou of Taiwan, together with Premier Mao Chi-kuo, the Minister of Science and Technology and other dignitaries, visited the National Space Organization (NSPO) recently, where they were invited to view progress on the assembly and testing of the FORMOSAT-5 AND FORMOSAT-7 satellites. 
During the visit, President Ma Ying-jeou and Premier Mao Chi-kuo observed a planned spacecraft solar array deployment test being performed by NSPO on one of the six FORMOSAT-7 spacecraft, with support from SSTL.

The President of Taiwan, together with the Premier and the Minister of Science and Technology view a Solar Array deployment test being performed on one of the FORMOSAT-7 satellites, October 2015

During a solar array deployment test, engineers check that the mechanism and controls that will unfold the arrays from their stowed position during launch, to their deployed position in orbit, are fully functioning.  

Vicky Chu (NSPO’s FORMOSAT-7 Project Director) presenting the spacecraft capabilities to President Ma Ying-jeou, October 2015

The spacecraft for the FORMOSAT-7 constellation have been designed by SSTL and the modules were manufactured here before being shipped to NSPO in Taiwan for final integration and testing.  The payloads for the spacecraft are being supplied by NSPO’s mission partner, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the United States. 
Three of the FORMOSAT-7 spacecraft have already completed their integration and test campaign in Taiwan, and all six spacecraft are scheduled to be ready for their Flight Readiness Review in the first-half of 2016, ahead of their launch later in the year. 
The new FORMOSAT-7 constellation will collect atmospheric data at low and mid latitudes and improve both regional and global weather forecasting for over 5000 registered users of the data across the globe.  It will also provide scientific data in support of climate studies and ionospheric science.
The FORMOSAT-7 constellation is a joint civil mission between the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States (TECRO) and the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). NSPO and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) in the United States are the designated representatives of TECRO and AIT respectively. 





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