The model of Formosat-2
|Mission type||Earth observation|
|Mission duration||12 years|
|Launch mass||750 kg (1,650 lb)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||19 May 2004 17:47 UTC|
|Launch site||Vandenberg Air Force Base|
|End of mission|
|Deactivated||19 August 2016|
Formosat-2 (Chinese: 福爾摩沙衛星二號, formerly known as ROCSAT-2) is a decommissioned Earth observation satellite operated by the National Space Organization (NSPO) of Taiwan. It is a high-resolution photographic surveillance satellite with a daily revisit capability. Images are commercially available from Astrium (formerly Spot Image).
Formosat-2 was launched on 19 May 2004, 17:47 UTC from Vandenberg Air Force Base aboard a Taurus XL rocket. It had been delivered to the United States in December 2003, and had a scheduled launch date on 17 January 2004. The launch was continually delayed until May 2004. Formosat-2 was decommissioned in August 2016.
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- Chiu, Yu-Tzu (22 May 2004). "ROCSAT-2 gets off the ground". Taipei Times. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
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