COSMIC

FORMOSAT-3 Program

The "FORMOSAT-3 Program" is an international collaboration project between Taiwan and the US with joint efforts of Taiwan's National Space Organization (NSPO) and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) of the US, the goal of the project is to develop advanced technology for the real-time monitoring of the global climate. Therefore, this project is also named Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate, or FORMOSAT/COSMIC for short.

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Formosa 3 satellite program near-earth orbit satellites (LEO) with three discs containing:

- GPS instrument meteorological measurements (GOX)
- Tiny Ionosphere Photometer (TIP)
- Tri-band beacon (TBB)


Formosa 3 satellite to collect a lot of atmosphere, except for space weather forecasting andmeteorological observation, but also for meteorological research, climate research, ionospheric research, measurement studies.

 

 

 

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FORMOSAT-3 Satellite System

Number of Satellite :six micro satellites
Satellite Weight:Each satellite approximately 62 kilograms (including fuel)
Satellite Dimension:Flat circular cylinder with diameter of 103 centimeters and height of 16 centimeters; two circular solar panels which can expand to 121 degrees and 59 degrees, respectively
Mission Orbit:Circular orbit at altitude of 700-800 kilometers with inclination angle 72 degrees
Time to circle earth:Approximately 100 minutes
Mission Life:Greater than 2 years (Design life time 5 years)

 

 

 

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FORMOSAT-3 Satellite orbit

Red curve is FORMOSAT-3 Satellite(FM1,FM2,FM3,FM4,FM5andFM6)6 satellite flight path(time2008/6/17 07:21:00UT)(update from NSPO)


The above information from NSPO(http://www.nspo.org.tw/)
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GLOBAL foF2,hmF2 and HF2 model map

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foF2

The FS3/COSMIC data: 331year day/2007 to 360 year day /2007
(every UT hour)

 

 

 

 

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hmF2

The FS3/COSMIC data: 331year day/2007 to 360 year day /2007
(every UT hour)

 

 

 

 

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HF2

The FS3/COSMIC data: 331year day/2007 to 360 year day /2007
(every UT hour)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact us

Telephone:  +886-3-4227151 ext 57621 , 57647
Email: lctsai@csrsr.ncu.edu.tw
Address: R3-413Center for Space and Remote Sensing Research No.300, Jhongda Rd., Jhongli City, Taoyuan County 32001, Taiwan (R.O.C.)