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Integral Systems Awarded Contract For Taiwan's NSPO Ground Segment

NSPO expands their Epoch Systems to support Taiwan's Argo satellite.
by Staff Writers
Lanham MD (SPX) Jan 08, 2007
Integral Systems has announced that it has been awarded a sole-source contract to upgrade Taiwan's NSPO's (National Space Organization's) existing mission operations system to simultaneously operate the NSPO's new Argo satellite and the existing FORMOSAT-2 and FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC spacecraft.

Integral Systems also will support the NSPO in training operations and maintenance personnel, as well as support integration, testing, and simulation activities related to the launch and early orbit operations of the Argo mission.

"We're proud to have been involved in NSPO's space program since its inception with ROCSAT-1 (FORMOSAT-1)," said Stuart Daughtridge, Executive Vice President of the Commercial Division at Integral Systems. "The sole-source award is a nice vote of confidence from the NSPO in our products and our services. We look forward to the NSPO continuing to be the Asian showcase for our LEO constellation control capabilities."

The contract calls for Integral Systems to provide all of the software required to fly Argo and FORMOSAT-2 and -3, including commanding, telemetry processing, orbit analysis, scheduling, and tracking station automation, using one single command and control system. The core software is based on Integral Systems' EPOCH IPS (Integrated Product Suite) with some customized add-ons.

Taiwan's NSPO originated in October 1991 as the National Space Program Office, intended to carry out Taiwan's first-stage plan of a 15-year "Space Technology Long-Term Developmental Program" approved by its Executive Yuen. NSPO acts as an execution organization for Taiwan's space program and integration capability for large, high-tech systems. The NSPO's purpose is to develop Taiwan's space technology development infrastructure, as well as competitive resources that would benefit Taiwan's space application industries for future international space markets.

The "Second Phase Space Technology Long-Term Developmental Program" was approved by the committee of Taiwan's National Science Council in December 2002. The entire plan is scheduled for 15 years: from 2004 to 2018. The second phase space program will continue the performance of the first phase space program. The execution strategy will focus on meeting Taiwan's national needs, carrying out satellite programs, promoting academic research and industrial development, improving Taiwan's overall space technology development capacity, and adding value to the domestic industry.

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