The Taiwan Expo in Indonesia 2019: NARLabs’s Taiwan Space Agency (TASA) expands business opportunities for Formosat-5 remote sensing

Event date: 2019/09/26

【By Wei-zhou Lo, Power News】

Taiwan Expo Indonesia 2019 (hereinafter referred to as the Taiwan Expo), kicked off on September 26th at the Surabaya International Convention Center for a three-day exhibition, saw the participation of the NARLabs’s Taiwan Space Agency (TASA) and members of the Taiwan Space Industry Development Association, including National Central University, Pyras Technology, Gran Systems, Polaris Photonics, and Trident Pacific, jointly forming the “National Space Technology Pavilion” for exhibition. In addition to showcasing the development of the Formosat satellite series, NARLabs’s Taiwan Space Agency (TASA) focused on presenting the applications of Formosat-5 imagery, Formosat-7 data utilization, and the development of the Triton satellite, aiming to demonstrate Taiwan’s space technology capabilities and expand cooperation and business opportunities between Taiwan and Indonesia.

Formosat-5, Taiwan’s first domestically produced remote sensing satellite, provides near-real-time satellite imagery and offers value-added services using DataCube technology for applications such as agricultural and river monitoring. The Formosat-7 constellation, comprising six satellites launched in June this year, primarily conducts meteorological observation missions in mid and low latitude regions through occultation techniques, significantly enhancing weather forecasting accuracy with a multitude of data output. The Triton satellite, Taiwan’s second domestically produced satellite, exhibited four key components including satellite computer, power control unit, GPS receiver, and GNSSR payload, showcasing Taiwan’s capability in manufacturing satellite components.

In addition to the exhibition at the NARLabs’s Taiwan Space Agency (TASA), Taiwanese space industry players showcased satellite technology-related products, including National Central University’s Compact Ionospheric probe, Pyras Tech’s S-band helical antenna, Trident Pacific’s synthetic aperture radar satellite image analysis system, Gran System’s fans, as well as Polaris Photonic’s electro-optic modulator model and optical gyroscope model.

Director Chun-liang Lin of NARLabs’s Taiwan Space Agency (TASA) addressed at the opening ceremony at the Surabaya International Convention Center, introducing Taiwan’s space development progress to Taiwanese and Indonesian dignitaries in attendance, expressing anticipation for increased cooperation between Taiwan and Indonesia in satellite imagery and meteorological data applications. Officials from the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) of Indonesia also attended the exhibition to discuss future bilateral cooperation matters with NARLabs’s Taiwan Space Agency (TASA).

As emerging space nations, Taiwan’s space development strategy and goals align closely with those of Indonesia. The NARLabs’s Taiwan Space Agency (TASA) eagerly anticipates leveraging this exhibition to facilitate substantive cooperation opportunities in the space domain between Taiwan and Indonesia, thereby enhancing research and development in various space-related fields for both parties.

(Photo provided by NARLabs/1. Representatives from various units of the National Space Technology Museum, from left to right: Chairman Guang-han Ge of Gran Systems, Chairman Si-wei Chang of Trident Pacific, Director Chun-liang Lin of TASA, Project Leader Long-zheng Yan of Trident Pacific, Chairman Geng-yuan Chen of Pyras Technology, Engineer Shan-guo Yang of TASA, Director Ji-guang Zhao of the Space Institute at National Central University, General Manager Ying-wu Chen of Polaris Photonics, and R&D Manager Hong-bin Zhong of Polaris Photonics.)