FORMOSAT 3

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Satellite characteristics

Launch Date - End 16 april 2006 -

Status Operational

Orbit type circular

Altitude 800

Orbit inclination 72

Orbit period 100

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 TIP (Tiny Ionosphere Photometer)
Sensor short description
Sensor type Atmospheric instrument
Resolution class NA