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Spacecraft Bus Contract

Spacecraft Bus Contract

Spacecraft Bus Kick-Off Ceremony - 6 September 2012

The FORMOSAT-7 Spacecraft Bus Contract Kick-Off Ceremony was held at National Space Organization (NSPO) and co-chaired by Dr. Guey-Shin Chang, Director General of NSPO, and Sir Martin Sweeting, Executive Chairman of Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL), on September 6, 2012. The Ceremony was witnessed by Vice President Tung-Yang Chen of the National Applied Research Laboratories (NARL), and Director David Campbell of the British Trade and Culture Office in Taipei. Both parties anticipate that the project will enhance the space technology collaboration between Taiwan and UK and give blessings to the success of FORMOSAT-7 mission.

FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 Program is a joint constellation meteorlogical satellite mission between Taiwan and the United States for observing and monitoring the global meteorology, climate, and ionosphere. NSPO/NARL is the designated representative for Taiwan and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is the designated representative for the U.S. The goal of this joint program is to establish an operational constellation of 12 high-reliable satellites to replace the current FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC mission. The first phase is to deploy 6 satellites, each carrying an advanced GNSS receiver, to low-inclination-angle orbits. The launch is targeted in 2016. The constellation of the first launch will collect atmospheric data at low- and mid-latitudes to provide more sounding data to improve the regional and global weather forecasting, and make societal impacts to Taiwan. The second phase will deploy 6 satellites to high-inclination-angle orbits. The launch of the second phase is planned in 2018.

The collaborative agreement of the FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2 joint mission was signed by TECRO and AIT in May 2010. NSPO/NARL is responsible for the system design and integration, the spacecraft buses, and the mission operations. NOAA and its associated agencies are responsible for mission payload, launch vehicle, and global ground tracking stations. In addition, an NSPO-built satellite and four key spacecraft components will be developed by NSPO/NARL indigenously to demonstrate the self-reliant space technology in Taiwan. SSTL of UK has signed the spacecraft bus contract through an open bid procurement process on August 24, 2012. SSTL plans to issue the related subcontracts to three local Taiwanese vendors.

SSTL was established in 1985 and is an independent British company within the Astrium NV group. SSTL has been delivering small satellite missions for over 25 years and has launched 39 satellites as well as providing training and development programs, consultancy services and mission studies for ESA, NASA, international governments and commercial customers.

FORMOSAT-7 employs a radio Occultation technique of GNSS satellites including GPS, Galileo and Glonass, in order to measure properties of the atmosphere pertinent to weather forecasting. With global reach, the system provides valuable data in areas where ground measurements are difficult to obtain such as over the open oceans.


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