Plans for second set of FormoSat-7 satellites scrapped: NSPO

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NSPO Deputy Director-General Yu Shiann-jeng confirmed on Oct. 19, 2017 that the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Taiwan's Ministry of Science and Technology had agreed earlier this month not to pursue development of a second set of six satellites, known as COSMIC-2B. (CNA)

TAIPEI (CNA) – Taiwan and the United States have decided to drop their plans to build a second set of six satellites for FormoSat-7 due to funding issues, Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO) confirmed Friday.

Following a report on the SpaceNews website, NSPO Deputy Director-General Yu Shiann-jeng (余憲政) confirmed that the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and Taiwan’s Ministry of Science and Technology had agreed earlier this month not to pursue development of a second set of six satellites, known as COSMIC-2B.

The decision was reached due to difficulty financing the COSMIC-2B system, according to Yu.

FormoSat-7 is a collaborative effort between the NSPO and NOAA and a follow-on mission to FormoSat-3, according to the NSPO.

FormoSat-7 was originally planned to feature two sets of six satellites to collect GPS radio occultation data used in weather forecasting.

An initial set of six satellites, known as COSMIC-2A, has been built and is scheduled for launch as part of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program 2 mission in early 2018, SpaceNews said.

The COMSIC satellites carry out constellation meteorology, ionosphere, and climate observations.

By Chu Che-wei and Y.F. Low