- Title: Taiwan sends first domestically-built satellite to U.S. for launch
- Date: 19th July 2017
- Summary: ***WARNING CONTAINS FLASH PHOTOGRAPHY*** VARIOUS OF TAIWAN MINISTER OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY (RIGHT) EXCHANGING MODEL SATELLITE WITH AIRLINE EXECUTIVE CAMERAMAN FILMING STREAMERS FLYING THROUGH AIR, TEAM STANDING ON STAGE
- 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: LVA0026QDURLZ
- 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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