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article imageSpaceX will launch Formosat-5 satellite

By Lee Labuschagne     Jun 15, 2010 in Science
Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) and NSPO have signed a contract for the launch of the Earth Observation Satellite, Formosat-5.
According to a media release by the company, the satellite will be launched as early as December 2013 from SpaceX’s launch site on Omelek Island at the US Army Kwajalein Atoll (USAKA) in the Central Pacific southwest of Hawaii.
Formosat-5 will be used to continue an image data service for civilian users and may also carry instruments to conduct space research and scientific experiments.
“NSPO, the civilian space agency of the Republic of China (Taiwan), is involved in the development of space exploration, satellite construction and development as well as related research, technologies and infrastructure, including the Formosat series of Earth observation satellites. With Formosat-5, NSPO aims to build up capabilities for independent development of spacecraft and payload instruments,” the statement continues.
"With over 40 flights now on manifest, SpaceX is positioned to deliver launch services across the increasingly varied needs of our commercial and government customers," said Gwynne Shotwell, President of SpaceX.
For more information, and to watch the archived video of the recent Flight 1 Falcon 9, launch, visit the SpaceX website .
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