SpaceX FORMOSAT-5 Launch Info

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.


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2 Responses to SpaceX FORMOSAT-5 Launch Info

  1. Thomas Cruse says:

    Will the Saturn Five and Falcon Nine remain the most successful and efficient space launch rockets forever?
    The USAF and NASA Americans wanted to use the X-15 4,500 mph Rocket Plane to explore Earth Orbit Projects in 1959 but the Germans and Von Braun over ruled their plan. The cost efficiency would have been drastically lower with the X-15 system!

  2. Catherine Lee says:

    According to latest news source, SpaceX has launched the FORMOSAT-5 remote sensing satellite into a low-Earth orbit from the Vandenberg Air Force Base, California, US.After completing a lift-off lasting 11min and 16s, the satellite was deployed into its mission orbit.Taiwan’s National Space Organisation (NSPO) was able to successfully communicate with the FORMOSAT-5 from the Chungli ground station in Taiwan.The satellite, which will continue to be operated by NSPO, is expected to undergo orbit adjustment and image calibration after completing the check on the satellite subsystem. After one month, the FORMOSAT-5 is set to begin its designated missions.It also features an advanced ionospheric probe (AIP), which can measure ionospheric plasma concentrations, velocities and temperatures. For More

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