Taiwan’s First Locally Made Weather Satellite Fails to Launch
Taiwan’s first locally made weather satellite, Triton, failed to achieve lift-off during a scheduled launch on Saturday morning.
Arianespace, the company that provided Triton’s rocket, announced that the launch had been postponed just before 9:40 a.m. The launcher and its satellites were reported to be in stable and safe conditions.
The Taiwan Space Agency (TASA) has not yet released an official statement but did repost Arianespace’s message. Some reports indicate that either the rocket failed to fire or there was a signaling systems malfunction.
The launch was originally scheduled for 9:36 a.m. Taiwan time at Guiana Space Center using Arianespace’s Vega C rocket. Once in orbit, Triton was expected to provide nearly 70,000 observations of atmospheric and weather conditions in a single day.
Triton, also known as “獵風者” in Chinese, is Taiwan’s first domestically developed weather satellite. Its mission is to gather crucial data for weather forecasting and climate research. With advanced observational capabilities, Triton aims to improve the accuracy of weather predictions and enhance disaster preparedness in Taiwan.
The failure to launch is undoubtedly a setback for Taiwan’s space program. However, it is important to note that delays and technical difficulties are not uncommon in the aerospace industry. TASA and Arianespace will undoubtedly work together to investigate the cause of the failed launch and make the necessary adjustments to ensure a successful future launch.
– Arianespace (Twitter)
– Taiwan News
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