France’s Arianespace wins bid to launch Taiwan satellite in 2021

New weather satellite to collect wind information in tandem with Formosat-7

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Taiwan's next satellite is to be launched from French Guiana.

Taiwan's next satellite is to be launched from French Guiana. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — France’s Arianespace SA has won the bid to launch Taiwan’s Triton satellite into orbit in 2021, CNA reported Friday (Nov. 15).

The new Taiwanese-developed weather satellite will cooperate with the existing Formosat-7 to collect information about speed and other characteristics of winds near the ocean. The launch is expected to take place in Kourou in the territory of French Guiana in South America and will also include satellites from other countries.

Over the past few years, U.S.-based-SpaceX has been responsible for several launches of Taiwanese satellites.

Officials said that the Triton was 87 percent Taiwanese-made, overtaking even the 78 percent recorded for Formosat-5 and Formosat-7, CNA reported. Some of the practices and technologies implemented during the production of the previous satellites were applied, and new elements will likewise be used with future devices, such as Formosat-8.