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The model of FORMOSAT-2.

FORMOSAT-2 (Chinese: 福爾摩沙衛星二號, formerly known as ROCSAT-2) is an Earth observation satellite operated by the National Space Organization (NSPO) of the Republic of China (Taiwan). It is a high-resolution photographic surveillance satellite with a daily revisit capability.[1] Images are commercially available from Astrium (formerly Spot Image).


FORMOSAT-2 was launched 2004-05-19 from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard a Taurus XL rocket.[2] It had been delivered to the United States in December 2003, and had a scheduled launch date of 2004-01-17.[3] The launch was continually delayed until May 2004.[4][5] FORMOSAT-2 was decommissioned in August 2016.[6]


  1. ^ "FORMOSAT-2 images". Spot Image. 
  2. ^ "Rocsat 2 - NSSDC ID: 2004-018A". NASA. 
  3. ^ Chiu, Yu-Tzu (2 December 2003). "Taiwan's new satellite on its way". Taipei Times. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  4. ^ Chiu, Yu-Tzu (26 February 2004). "Postponing ROCSAT-2 launch not an election issue: NSC". Taipei Times. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Chiu, Yu-Tzu (22 May 2004). "ROCSAT-2 gets off the ground". Taipei Times. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Chen, Wei-han (22 August 2016). "Aged FORMOSAT-2 decommissioned". Taipei Times. Retrieved 22 August 2016.