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Model of FORMOSAT-2 in NSPO, Taiwan.JPG
The model of Formosat-2
Names ROCSAT-2
Mission type Earth observation
Operator NSPO
COSPAR ID 2004-018A
SATCAT no. 28254Edit this on Wikidata
Mission duration 12 years
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer NSPO
Launch mass 750 kg (1,650 lb)[1]
Start of mission
Launch date 19 May 2004 17:47 UTC[1]
Rocket Taurus XL
Launch site Vandenberg Air Force Base
End of mission
Deactivated 19 August 2016[2]
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Sun-synchronous

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.[3] 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.[1] It had been delivered to the United States in December 2003, and had a scheduled launch date on 17 January 2004.[4] The launch was continually delayed until May 2004.[5][6] Formosat-2 was decommissioned in August 2016.[2]

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  1. ^ a b c "Rocsat 2 - NSSDC ID: 2004-018A". NASA. 
  2. ^ a b Chen, Wei-han (22 August 2016). "Aged Formosat-2 decommissioned". Taipei Times. Retrieved 22 August 2016. 
  3. ^ "Formosat-2 images". Spot Image. Archived from the original on 2012-08-06. 
  4. ^ Chiu, Yu-Tzu (2 December 2003). "Taiwan's new satellite on its way". Taipei Times. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Chiu, Yu-Tzu (26 February 2004). "Postponing ROCSAT-2 launch not an election issue: NSC". Taipei Times. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Chiu, Yu-Tzu (22 May 2004). "ROCSAT-2 gets off the ground". Taipei Times. Retrieved 4 July 2016. 

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