The full function test of the windhunter satellite is completed2022/11/25The "Windhunter Satellite", independently developed by the National Space Center of the National Experimental Research Institute under the National Science Council, completed the last test today (25th) - the full-function test, which means that the satellite has passed all the tests of the simulated space environment and is still Can maintain the performance of the original design. It is expected that a "pre-delivery review meeting" will be held in early January next year to review all test results. If the review is passed, the Wind Hunter will enter the ready state and will be transported to French Guiana in South America in accordance with the rocket launch schedule. Arianespace's Vega C rocket blasts off.The Wind Hunter meteorological satellite is scheduled to be launched in March next year. Chengfuwei 5 is the second Taiwan-made satellite and the first self-made weather satellite. The launch will once again verify Taiwan's satellite manufacturing capabilities. A total of 82% of the Wind Hunter satellites, including the payload, are developed and manufactured in Taiwan. If the ground equipment is included, more than 20 Taiwanese R&D units and manufacturers will participate. After lift-off, in addition to performing the observation task of the sea surface wind field, it will also verify 10 key components and technologies independently designed and manufactured by Taiwan.The Space Center of the National Academy of Sciences stated that after the windhunter satellite completed the assembly of solar panels in June this year, it began to conduct space environment tests. The full-featured test following the space environment test, checks that all subsystems including commands, attitude control, and payload instruments can operate normally and maintain the designed performance. Finally, to compile and analyze the test reports, the space center colleagues in charge of each system must review the test data at each stage, conduct cross-comparisons, summarize the changing trends of the performance of each design, and summarize a complete analysis report. In addition, the space center also launched the operation drill of the Windhunter satellite, simulating and debugging various situations that the satellite may encounter after launch, to ensure that if the satellite encounters problems after launch, it can be commanded from the ground to control the satellite to overcome the problem.The mission payload of the Windhunter satellite is the "Global Navigation Satellite System-Reflectometry (GNSS-R)" developed by the Space Center itself. The application of GNSS reflection signals is a research that has only emerged in the past ten years. Taiwan is able to develop the payload of this mission itself in a short period of time, which means that in addition to remote measurement satellites, Taiwan also has the basic ability to develop meteorological satellites.This year is the first year of the implementation of the "Space Development Law". The National Science and Technology Council will strengthen the promotion of the development of the space industry and continue to develop independent satellite technology. Wu Zhengzhong, chairman of the National Science Council, said that the satellite industry chain includes four major areas: satellite manufacturing, launch services, ground equipment, and back-end applications. After the space center becomes an administrative legal person in 2023, it will develop space technology in an all-round way to connect the complete industry The chain will help Taiwan's space industry to progress faster and occupy a place in the international space industry.Executive Premier Su Tseng-chang visited the Space Center of the National Academy of Sciences on November 7th, emphasizing that the government will fully support the development of space technology and industry, and lead Taiwan's industrial circles to enter the global industrial chain to create a second "National Protector Mountain". We look forward to the successful launch of the Windhunter satellite, the smooth execution of its mission, and the leadership of Taiwan's space industry.
Considering the nature of the VV22 anomaly, the Commission emphasizes that its conclusions on Zefiro 40 do not affect the Vega launcher which is relying on the Zefiro 23 and Zefiro 9 motors. In this context, Arianespace decided to adapt its launch schedule to reassign a mission to one of its two remaining Vega launchers with a targeted launch date before the end of summer 2023.
https://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2022/09/20/2519630/0/en/SAB-Launch-Services-awarded-contract-to-launch-two-ICEYE-SAR-satellites.htmlQuoteSAB Launch Services S.r.l., a company part of the SAB group specialized in Small Satellite launch service provision on Arianespace missions, and ICEYE, the global leader in persistent monitoring with radar satellite imaging, have signed an agreement to fly two Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites on the first VEGA-C SSMS mission in Q1 2023....The two ICEYE spacecraft will be flown on VEGA-C mission VV23, the first flight of the SSMS on the new rocket, which had a successful maiden flight in July.The two spacecraft will be accommodated in VV23 on the upper part of the SSMS dispenser together with the two main passengers of this mission. The final aggregate counts a total of 5 microsatellites and a large number of deployers including institutional as well commercial cubesats customers from all over the world. Thanks to the AVUM performance, the aggregate will be released in 3 different orbits, whereas one of them has been specifically selected by ICEYE. ...
SAB Launch Services S.r.l., a company part of the SAB group specialized in Small Satellite launch service provision on Arianespace missions, and ICEYE, the global leader in persistent monitoring with radar satellite imaging, have signed an agreement to fly two Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellites on the first VEGA-C SSMS mission in Q1 2023....The two ICEYE spacecraft will be flown on VEGA-C mission VV23, the first flight of the SSMS on the new rocket, which had a successful maiden flight in July.The two spacecraft will be accommodated in VV23 on the upper part of the SSMS dispenser together with the two main passengers of this mission. The final aggregate counts a total of 5 microsatellites and a large number of deployers including institutional as well commercial cubesats customers from all over the world. Thanks to the AVUM performance, the aggregate will be released in 3 different orbits, whereas one of them has been specifically selected by ICEYE. ...
ICEYE is confirming the launch of 2 satellites:QuoteICEYE sought, and was granted authority, to launch and operate six NGSO EESS small satellites. ICEYE will have exhausted that authorization with the launch of its fifth and sixth satellites in June 2023.The satellite bus has a total mass of less than 150 kilograms, including propellant. Its smallest dimension is approximately 0.65 meters... The satellites will operate in Low Earth Orbit at an altitude up to 600 kilometers... Each satellite has an expected operational lifetime of 3 years.from the application to launch 8 more identical satellites (also posted in the T-9 thread).
ICEYE sought, and was granted authority, to launch and operate six NGSO EESS small satellites. ICEYE will have exhausted that authorization with the launch of its fifth and sixth satellites in June 2023.The satellite bus has a total mass of less than 150 kilograms, including propellant. Its smallest dimension is approximately 0.65 meters... The satellites will operate in Low Earth Orbit at an altitude up to 600 kilometers... Each satellite has an expected operational lifetime of 3 years.
When will the Homemade Windhunter satellite be launched? Wu Zongxin: It is expected to be launched in the third season2023/3/14 15:39(3/14 16:25 updated)Wu Zongxin, director of the National Space Center, said that Taiwan's first homemade weather satellite Wind Hunter is expected to launch in July and August at the earliest. (Image taken from facebook.com/TaiwanSpaceAgency)Taiwan's first homemade weather satellite Wind Hunter was originally scheduled to launch in the first quarter of this year, but due to the failure of the first commercial launch of the rocket in charge of the launch, the launch time was delayed, and Wu Zongxin, director of the National Space Center, said today that it is expected to launch in July and August at the earliest.The Windhunter satellite, designed and manufactured by the National Space Center, was affected by the first commercial launch of the Vega-C rocket of France's Arianespace company (Arianespace) in December last year. Wu Zhengzhong, chairman of the National Science Council, said in mid-February this year that the space center had been asked to examine the relevant issues as soon as possible.It is understood that Aryan must propose an alternative by the end of March and deliver it to the National Space Center for evaluation, and if the space center agrees to the plan, the Windhunter satellite is expected to be launched as soon as the third quarter of this year....
Taiwan's first self-made weather satellite "Wind Hunter" will be launched at the end of August...2023/05/20 10:00[Central News Agency] Taiwan's first self-made weather satellite, the Wind Hunter, was originally scheduled to launch in the first quarter of this year, but due to the failure of the first commercial launch of the rocket responsible for the launch, the launch schedule was delayed; relevant officials pointed out that the Wind Hunter will be changed at the earliest by the end of August It was carried by another vehicle, Vega, and lifted off in French Guiana....
Aerospacelab to launch Earth Observation satellite for ESA[...]PVCC is a 12-unit Cubesat, weighing 18 kg. It will fly at an altitude of 564 km in a sun-synchronous orbit, mapping land cover and vegetation growth across the entire planet.[...]Prospected launch window: end of Q1 2023 Launch location: Kourou, French Guyana Launch vehicle: Vega-C Launcher mission: VV-23
*Aschbacher definitely said EarthCARE will go on F9 bc don't want to make changes to Vega-C fairing, and said there was a test failure on Vega C, but I think Daniel Neuenschwander just said the test failure will not affect the plan to launch Vega C in early Sept.
Stephane Israel says the next launch is Vega VV23.
Taiwan's first self-made weather satellite "Triton/FORMOSAT-7R" (Triton/FORMOSAT-7R) officially set off today (14th), leaving the Hsinchu factory of the National Space Center for Taoyuan International Airport. It is expected to fly to French Guiana, South America, and launch on July 17th It will be ready for preparations at the field, and it will take off on a Vega rocket in September.
The satellite will be launched to space at the end of 2023.
The satellite is currently being prepared for a launch in the second half of 2023, from the Guiana Space Center in South America on board the Arianespace Vega-C rocket.
Triton, Taiwan's first independently built meteorological satellite, arrives at Guiana Space Centrem.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid…
Interesting announcement from @Avio_Group CEO Giulio Ranzo: the second to last Vega launch vehicle is now fully integrated on the launch pad. A "detailed set of reviews and checks" will now begin before payload adapter integration begins. The launch is scheduled for September.
Get to know Vega, the THEOS-2 launch rocket.One of the key factors in getting the THEOS-2 satellite into space is a carrier rocket. A carrier rocket is a rocket that is responsible for carrying payloads, satellites, or other objects into space. In this article, we'll get to know Vega rockets. that GISTDA trusts to send THEOS-2 to orbit..The Vega series of rockets are medium and small payload carriers.It has been developed by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the European Space Agency (ESA) since 1998 and has been completed and operational since 1998. Launched in 2012, the initial purpose of developing this carrier rocket was to deliver payloads for Earth exploration missions..Vega rockets currently in charge of the Arianespace commercial launcher have completed more than 20 flights and have successfully completed 18 missions. earth observation satellite and many other types The size of satellites that have been delivered previously ranged from 300 to 1,500 kilograms and can be scaled to deliver satellites like cubesats as well..In addition, on its maiden flight, Vega carried nine small payloads and delivered all of them safely. It's a mission that shows the ability very well. Combined with their experience and high success rate, GISTDA has entrusted Vega to carry our THEOS-2 satellite into space.The Vega carrier rocket will officially carry THEOS-2 into orbit by 2023 and will be launched from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, South America. Which can be confident that from the past experience of this carrier rocket will make the journey into orbit of THEOS-2 absolutely safe..Thank you for the information from Mr. Chidchanok Chaichotchuen, THEOS-2A satellite engineer.Additional information:
SAB Launch Services S.r.l.We have been busy with final preparations for #VEGA #VV23! Our #SSMS dispenser is nearly ready and we have been integrating the payloads. We have a lot to show you over the next few weeks... The SSMS is a dispenser developed by SAB Aerospace for AVIO and operated by ARIANESPACE with the support of SAB Launch Services S.r.l.. The SSMS is capable of hosting multiple configurations and payloads from cubesats and smaller spacecraft, all the way up to larger microsats.
Later this year @ESA cubesat PRETTY will fly into space 🚀Recently, the climate satellite was successfully placed on its deployer. The cubesat PRETTY is a joint project of Beyond Gravity @tugraz & Seibersdorf Laboratories. PRETTY will measure levels of sea 🌊 or glacier ice🗻
Ready for Space: PRETTY is Ready to Launch10 January 2023[...]PRETTY is scheduled to launch into space in spring 2023 on a European Vega-C rocket from the European spaceport in Kourou in French Guiana, South America. The satellite’s first stage destination is Brno, Czech Republic. There, PRETTY will be placed in the launch deployment mechanism by the launch provider together with other satellites, which will then be flown to Kourou for final integration into the launch vehicle.[...]
13 Aug. 2023 – Ms. Ratchada Thanadirek, Deputy Spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office. Revealed that the progress of the satellite project THEOS-2, Thailand’s first Earth observation satellite There is a design developed by Thai people. It will go into deep space for 3 years. It is now fully assembled and tested. It is expected to be launched in September 2023 at the French Guiana rocket launch pad in South America. And the small satellite THEOS-2A is scheduled to be delivered into space from the end of October 2023 onwards at the launch pad inside the Dhawan Demonstration Space Center, Sriharikota. India, however, the schedule can be postponed according to various situations and factors.
Primary passengers:- The Airbus-built THEOS-2 satellite will provide Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency with Earth observation data for various applications including land use, agricultural monitoring, forestry management, coastal zone monitoring, and flood risk management.- The Taiwanese FORMOSAT-7R/TRITON weather satellite.Auxiliary passengers (cubesats):- ANSER-Leader, ANSER-Follower 1 and ANSER-Follower 2 will work together to monitor the quality of the water in reservoirs and swamps in Spain.- ESA’s PROBA V-CC carries a scaled-down version of the vegetation-monitoring instrument aboard the Earth-observing PROBA-V satellite and will conduct combined experimental observations.- CSC-1 and CSC-2 appear to be a pair of satellites built by Netherlands-based ISISPACE.- The Kongsberg NanoAvionics-built MACSAT satellite for OQ Technology’s 5G constellation.- ESTcube-2 was built by the Estonian Student Satellite Foundation and will test an innovative plasma brake that could be used for end-of-life satellite disposal.- The CNES-commissioned NESS satellite was built by U-Space. It is a demonstration mission that will monitor the civilian radiofrequency spectrum in the L and S bands and to analyze sources of jamming.- ESA’s PRETTY satellite (Passive REflecTomeTry and dosimetry) will be used to measure the extent of ice and sea heights as well as ocean currents.