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Formosat 3F



Formosat 3F is one of six Taiwanese-American satellites that were launched by a Minotaur rocket from Vandenberg AFB at 01:40 UT on 15 April 2006. After maneuvering their relative positions in the orbit, they will enable derivation of the atmospheric temperature and water vapor distribution by looking for the GPS radio signals arriving from the horizon. The occulted signals suffer refraction depending upon such atmospheric parameters. Such data over oceans will be especially useful in predicting cyclogenesis conditions.

Alternate Names

  • 29052
  • Formosat3F

Facts in Brief

Launch Date: 2006-04-15
Launch Vehicle: Minotaur 1
Launch Site: Vandenberg AFB, United States


  • Earth Science

Additional Information

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