Tsai Ing-wen, President of Taiwan, stated on September 14 that the country must “establish a critical position in the space sector’s supply chain” by utilizing Taiwan’s competitive advantage in semiconductor as well as precision engineering technologies. Taiwan’s president asked for collaboration between the government, the corporate sector, and academics in order to establish a “local team devoted to manufacturing satellites as well as ground station equipment as quickly as possible.”

Taiwan News and numerous local media sites reported that Tsai commented while on a visit to the National Space Organization (NPSO), which is a state-regulated space technology manufacturer located in the Hsinchu Science Park.

She stated that Taiwan must discover “a specialty [in the supply chain] with strategic significance” and that the government is going to support the move both legally and financially. She cited the passage of Space Development Act in the month of May and the allocation of $906 million in the government’s budget to invest in local space industry by the year 2028.

“Every country on the planet is racing against the clock to send astronauts to the International Space Station,” Tsai was quoted as saying by the Epoch Times.  “Thousands of satellites are scheduled to be launched into low Earth orbit over the course of the next decade, resulting in enormous demand for satellite as well as ground equipment manufacture. Many countries aim to return to the moon in the coming decade, and Taiwan must establish a more strategic position in the ‘New Space Age.’

Tsai indicated hope that Wu Jong-shinn, NSPO Director-General also known as “Uncle Rocket,” would be able to “rocket” Taiwanese space technology into orbit, as he had done previously. Doctor Wu, who began his tenure on August 2, is a graduate from University of Michigan and holds a doctorate in the aerospace engineering from the same institution. According to the Taipei Times, Wu has reorganized the NSPO to concentrate on the development of the satellite payloads, avionics and components since taking over.

Speaking about NSPO’s intentions, Wu stated that the weather satellite Triton will be propelled next year and that the organization also intend to make a second low-Earth orbit communications satellite for “Beyond 5G project,” which will be launched in 2025 or 2026 and will be used to transmit data to and from space.

It was previously known as the National Space Program Office. The National Space Organization (NSPO) is the nationwide civilian space authority of Taiwan (Republic of China). It is a part of National Applied Research Laboratories, that is under the Ministry of Science and Technology umbrella. The National Space Technology Organization (NSPO) is engaged in the creation of space technologies and associated research.

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