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For the first time, India will launch Taiwan’s miniature research satellite next month

India and Taiwan to collaborate on satellite launches (Photo: IANS)

Indian and Taiwanese space organisations are collaborating with other international research bodies to launch a miniaturised satellite for space research in January 2022.

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology are collaborating with Taiwan's National Space Organization (NSPO) in launching a CubeSat into space in January 2022.

Other international collaborators include the University of Colorado Boulder and the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, says a report in Taiwan News.

NSPO Director General Wu Jong-shinn expressed optimism about the future of cooperation between Taiwan and India on space projects. He added that India's nearly 500 space-related businesses could partner with Taiwan's strengths in the fields of semiconductors, ICT, and weather technologies to help the island nation develop its own space economy.

On Friday, Union Space Minister Jitendra Singh told the Rajya Sabha that ISRO had signed six agreements with four countries to launch foreign satellites during 2021-2023. He added that India will earn 132 Euros through the launch of these.

The Taiwanese space agency also plans to launch a series of satellites in the coming years till 2025.

Taiwan News quoted Chinese News Agency CNA, as saying that a CubeSat is a miniature satellite used for space research, consisting of modules 10 cm tall, wide and deep.