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Satellite characteristics

Launch Date - End 21 May 2001 - 15 August 2016

Status Decommissioned

Orbit type Sun-synchronous

Altitude 891

Equatorial crossing time 09:30:00

Orbit period 103

Satellite family: FORMOSAT

FORMOSAT-1 is a low-earth-orbit scientific experimental satellite. FORMOSAT-2’s very specific orbit means it can acquire any scene in its coverage area every day - geosynchronous orbit - under the same lighting conditions - sun-synchronous orbit - and from the same angle. The satellite can also be tasked to cover a specific area and period of interest.

The "FORMOSAT-3 Program" is an international collaboration project between Taiwan and the US with joint efforts of Taiwan's National Space Organization (NSPO) and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) of the US, the goal of the project is to develop advanced technology for the real-time monitoring of the global climate.

Sensor characteristics

Sensor name RSI (Remote Sensing Instrument)
Sensor short description
Sensor type Imaging radiometer (Vis/IR)
Resolution class Very High (1 - 5 m)
Spatial resolution 2
Swath width (at nadir) 24 km
Revisit frequency 1 days
Max look angle 45°