- Title: Taiwan sends first domestically-built satellite to U.S. for launch
- Date: 19th July 2017
- Summary: ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** ATTENDEES LOOKING ON (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin), TAIWAN MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, CHEN LIANG-GEE, SAYING: "We started planning the (satellite) Formosat-5 in 2009, all the time up till now. Time spent working on the project amounts almost to six years, and if we count all the way up to today, it is almost eight years. In those more than six years, all of our partners worked very hard to create a satellite from scratch, including all the important internal parts, which were 100 per cent domestically produced. So we are very excited but also a bit reluctant to send it off." SECURITY GUARD LOOKING ON (SOUNDBITE) (Mandarin), TAIWAN MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, CHEN LIANG-GEE, SAYING: "We are also looking forward to receiving its signal on the morning of August 25. Then one week later, we will really be able to see the signals of the imaging sensors that we made ourselves 100 percent being transmitted back to our people (of Taiwan). We will see the space telemetry video made possible by the parts developed by our electrical engineers. We are also looking forward to that process being completed successfully." VARIOUS OF SATELLITE HIDDEN UNDER TARPAULIN TENT BEING TRANSPORTED OUT OF LARGE COOLING UNIT VEHICLE PULLING TARPAULIN TENT WITH SATELLITE VARIOUS OF SATELLITE BEING TRANSPORTED TOWARDS CARGO PLANE VARIOUS OF SATELLITE BEING LIFTED UP TO CARGO DOOR OF PLANE AIRPORT PERSONNEL AND REPORTERS LOOKING ON SATELLITE BEING MOVED INTO CARGO PLANE CARGO PLANE
- Embargoed: 2nd August 2017 17:58
- Keywords: Taiwan satellite Taiwan launch Taiwan space race Taiwan satellite cargo Taiwan satellite to U.S.
- Location: TAOYUAN CITY, TAIWAN
- City: TAOYUAN CITY, TAIWAN
- Country: Taiwan
- Topics: Science,Space Exploration
- Reuters ID: LVA0036QDURLZ
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: PART AUDIO QUALITY AS INCOMING (SOUNDBITES)
Taiwan shipped its first domestically-made satellite to the United States on Wednesday (July 19) for its launch into space.
Formosat-5 will launch on August 25 and, once in orbit, will take over observation missions previously carried out the decommissioned Formosat-2, according to local media.
The satellite will be carried into orbit by a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. Its main function will be to provide data on natural disasters, environmental research and national security.
Taiwan's Minister of Science and Technology, Chen Liang-gee, gave a speech at a ceremony held to mark the shipping of the satellite, expressing his excitement but admitting to some reluctance at seeing the first satellite to be entirely produced in Taiwan leave the island.
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