UPDATE: Successful flight, deployment and landing.
Overview: SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will deliver FORMOSAT-5, an Earth observation satellite for Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO), to a low-Earth orbit (LEO). SpaceX is targeting launch of FORMOSAT-5 from Space Launch Complex 4 East (SLC-4E) at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.
Launch Time: Thursday, August 24 at 11:51 a.m. local time (2:51 pm ET), or 18:51 UTC
A backup launch window opens on Friday, August 25 at 11:51 a.m. PDT, or 18:51 UTC
Launch Location: Space Launch Complex 4 East at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
Landing: Yes – in the Pacific on “Just Read the Instructions”
Payload: FORMOSAT-5 will operate in a sun synchronous orbit at an altitude of 720-km with a 98.28 degree inclination angle. As with the FORMOSAT-2 satellite, the primary payload on FORMOSAT-5 is an optical Remote Sensing Instrument (RSI), which provides 2-meter resolution panchromatic (black & white) and 4-meter resolution multi-spectral (color) images. FORMOSAT-5 also hosts a secondary scientific payload, an Advanced Ionospheric Probe (AIP), developed by Taiwan’s National Central University.