Newspaper article China Post

Earth Observation Satellite Formosat-2 Retired after 12 Years of Service

Newspaper article China Post

Earth Observation Satellite Formosat-2 Retired after 12 Years of Service

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TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The Formosat-2, Taiwan's first Earth observation satellite, has been decommissioned after 12 years of service - seven years longer than it was designed to survive.

The satellite, which lost the ability to adjust its camera's angle and position after a malfunction in June, completed its final communication with the control center Friday.

Launched in May 2004, the satellite took roughly 2.55 million pictures during its lifetime, according to the National Space Organization (NSO).

The group made contact with the satellite twice a day throughout the 12 years, NSO Director Chang Guey-shin ([...]) said.

The photographs captured by the Formosat-2 were more than just scientifically valuable; their sale generated NT$600 million in revenue and provided government agencies and domestic academic institutes with images that would have cost NT$1. …

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