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NSPO


Taiwanese manufacturer of rockets and spacecraft. National Space Program Office, Taiwan.

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Associated Countries
Associated Spacecraft
  • ROCSAT Taiwanese earth sea satellite. 3 launches, 1999.01.27 (ROCSAT-1) to 2008.10.01 (ROCSAT 2). Taiwan's ROCSAT (Republic of China Satellites) were built for Taiwan's National Space Program Office. More...

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Associated Launch Vehicles
  • Terrier Sounding Rocket American surface-to-air missile. Modified single stage Navy Terrier missiles with cameras were used as sounding rockets. They were launched to an altitude of 140 km from Wallops Island, providing a 1,600 km composite photograph of a frontal cloud formation. More...

NSPO Chronology


1998 December 15 - . Launch Site: Jiu Peng AB. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Sounding Rocket. LV Configuration: Sounding Rocket 1.
  • Test flight test - . Nation: Taiwan. Agency: NSPO. Apogee: 250 km (150 mi).

1999 January 27 - . 00:34 GMT - . Launch Site: Cape Canaveral. Launch Complex: Cape Canaveral LC46. Launch Pad: SLC46. LV Family: Athena. Launch Vehicle: Athena-1. LV Configuration: Athena-1 LM-006.
  • ROCSAT-1 - . Mass: 400 kg (880 lb). Nation: Taiwan. Agency: NSPO. Manufacturer: TRW. Class: Earth. Type: Seismology satellite. Spacecraft: ROCSAT. USAF Sat Cat: 25616 . COSPAR: 1999-002A. Apogee: 653 km (405 mi). Perigee: 606 km (376 mi). Inclination: 35.0000 deg. Taiwan's first satellite, with experimental communications, ocean imagery, and ionospheric studies instruments. The Primex OAM placed itself and the payload into an elliptical transfer orbit. A second OAM burn circularized the orbit, and ROCSAT separated into a 588 x 601 km x 35.0 deg orbit.

2001 October 24 - . 16:00 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiu Peng AB. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Sounding Rocket. LV Configuration: Sounding Rocket 2. FAILURE: Failure.
  • TMA Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Taiwan. Agency: NSPO. Apogee: 2.00 km (1.20 mi).

2003 December 24 - . 15:25 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiu Peng AB. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Sounding Rocket. LV Configuration: Sounding Rocket 3.
  • TMA Aeronomy mission - . Nation: Taiwan. Agency: NSPO. Apogee: 265 km (164 mi).

2004 May 20 - . 17:47 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg 576E. LV Family: Pegasus. Launch Vehicle: Taurus 3210. LV Configuration: Taurus 3210 T7 (XL).
  • ROCSAT 2 - . Payload: LeoStar 500XO. Mass: 760 kg (1,670 lb). Nation: Taiwan. Agency: NSPO. Manufacturer: EADS Astrium. Class: Surveillance. Type: Civilian surveillance satellite. Spacecraft: ROCSAT. USAF Sat Cat: 28254 . COSPAR: 2004-018A. Apogee: 891 km (553 mi). Perigee: 887 km (551 mi). Inclination: 99.1000 deg. Period: 102.80 min. Summary: Delayed from October, November 25, 2003; January 17, February 26, April 9 and 22, May 17, 2004..

2004 December 14 - . 14:30 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiu Peng AB. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Sounding Rocket. LV Configuration: Sounding Rocket 4.
  • Space science Ionosphere / aeronomy mission - . Nation: Taiwan. Agency: NSPO. Apogee: 265 km (164 mi).

2006 January 18 - . 11:48 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiu Peng AB. LV Family: Terrier. Launch Vehicle: Sounding Rocket. LV Configuration: Sounding Rocket 5.
  • Space science Ionosphere / aeronomy mission - . Nation: Taiwan. Agency: NSPO. Apogee: 282 km (175 mi).

2006 April 15 - . 01:40 GMT - . Launch Site: Vandenberg. Launch Complex: Vandenberg SLC8. LV Family: Minotaur. Launch Vehicle: Minotaur 1. LV Configuration: Minotaur 1 5.
  • Formosat 3A FM6 - . Mass: 70 kg (154 lb). Nation: Taiwan. Agency: NSPO. Manufacturer: OSC. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: MicroStar. USAF Sat Cat: 29047 . COSPAR: 2006-011A. Apogee: 538 km (334 mi). Perigee: 496 km (308 mi). Inclination: 72.0000 deg. Period: 95.00 min. FORMOSAT-3 consisted of six small 62 kg Orbcomm-type satellites with GPS receivers which were to measure atmospheric conditions by studying the effect of the atmosphere on GPS satellite signals passing through it. The satellites, also known as COSMIC (Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate), each raised their orbits over several months, all but one reaching operational orbits of around 770 x 840 km by September 2007.
  • Formosat 3B FM1 - . Mass: 70 kg (154 lb). Nation: Taiwan. Agency: NSPO. Manufacturer: OSC. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: MicroStar. USAF Sat Cat: 29048 . COSPAR: 2006-011B. Apogee: 541 km (336 mi). Perigee: 500 km (310 mi). Inclination: 72.0000 deg. Period: 95.00 min.
  • Formosat 3C FM5 - . Mass: 70 kg (154 lb). Nation: Taiwan. Agency: NSPO. Manufacturer: OSC. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: MicroStar. USAF Sat Cat: 29049 . COSPAR: 2006-011C. Apogee: 681 km (423 mi). Perigee: 567 km (352 mi). Inclination: 72.0000 deg. Period: 97.20 min.
  • Formosat 3D FM3 - . Mass: 70 kg (154 lb). Nation: Taiwan. Agency: NSPO. Manufacturer: OSC. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: MicroStar. USAF Sat Cat: 29050 . COSPAR: 2006-011D. Apogee: 538 km (334 mi). Perigee: 496 km (308 mi). Inclination: 72.0000 deg. Period: 95.00 min. Summary: Became stuck in intermediate 675 x 750 km due to solar panel failure..
  • Formosat 3E FM4 - . Mass: 70 kg (154 lb). Nation: Taiwan. Agency: NSPO. Manufacturer: OSC. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: MicroStar. USAF Sat Cat: 29051 . COSPAR: 2006-011E. Apogee: 538 km (334 mi). Perigee: 496 km (308 mi). Inclination: 72.0000 deg. Period: 95.00 min.
  • Formosat 3F FM2 - . Mass: 70 kg (154 lb). Nation: Taiwan. Agency: NSPO. Manufacturer: OSC. Class: Technology. Type: Navigation technology satellite. Spacecraft: MicroStar. USAF Sat Cat: 29052 . COSPAR: 2006-011F. Apogee: 542 km (336 mi). Perigee: 497 km (308 mi). Inclination: 72.0000 deg. Period: 95.00 min.

2007 September 13 - . 05:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiu Peng. Launch Vehicle: Sounding Rocket. LV Configuration: Sounding Rocket 6.
  • Materials/Recovery - . Nation: Taiwan. Agency: NSPO. Apogee: 280 km (170 mi).

2010 May 5 - . 11:50 GMT - . Launch Site: Jiu Peng. Launch Vehicle: Sounding Rocket.
  • SR VII - . Nation: Taiwan. Agency: NSPO. Apogee: 287 km (178 mi). Summary: Ionosphere payload.

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