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ROCSAT-2 TO HELP IN NATURAL DISASTER CONTROL MISSION

2004-04-08 19:49:00

    Taipei, April 8 (CNA) The National Space Program Office (NSPO) and the Natural Disaster Center under National Chengkung University (NCU) forged a joint venture Thursday on the prevention of natural and environmental hazards by using images that will be captured by a Taiwanese satellite.

    NSPO Director Lee Lo-chuan and Natural Disaster Center head Hsieh Cheng-lun signed the cooperative agreement on behalf of their respective organizations.

    Under the terms of the pact, the two sides will cooperate in applying high-resolution real-time images captured by ROCSAT-2 to the prevention of natural catastrophes and environmental hazards, Hsieh said.

    ROCSAT-2 is slated to be launched at between 1:47 a.m. and 2:10 a.m. April 10 Taipei time from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California if local weather conditions permit. The satellite's launch has been delayed several times for various reasons after it was transported from Taiwan to the United States in early December last year.

    ROCSAT-2 is designed for practical application purposes as part of the government's 15-year space technology development plan implemented in 1991 and focusing on three satellites with different missions. ROCSAT-1 was launched in 1999 and ROCSAT-3 is scheduled to lift off in 2005.

(By Flor Wang)

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