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Space Angels Network Supports Taiwan/Europe Space Collaboration

By Doug Messier
Parabolic Arc
February 10, 2015
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TAIPEI, TAIWAN, 9 February 2015 (SAN PR) –
In March, the European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan’s (ECCT) Technology Committee is holding a lunch meeting to discuss opportunities for Taiwan/Europe cooperation in (autonomous) satellite navigation, as well as future opportunities for space exploration in Taiwan. The event will feature speaker Jordan Vannitsen, Space Systems Engineer from ESA, and Nathan Kaiser, Asia Hub Representative of Space Angels Network.

“The past two decades have seen Taiwan’s space industry developing with increasing sophistication, and with a clear ultimate goal for commercialization, for the benefit of all stakeholders. This event shows this increasing outreach, as a next small goal post on the further road to travel”, said Kaiser about the event.

On December 2014, an agreement in autonomous satellite navigation research (especially for nanosatellites) was signed between National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and Paris Observatory/ESEP (the most important network of space laboratories in Europe). Satellite navigation is an important theme currently between Taiwan and Europe in the GNSS Asia program

The National Space Organization of Taiwan has recently developed the first space-grade GPS receiver in Taiwan. Some techniques of autonomous navigation can be used not only for satellites but also for other applications such as drones and cars. The “space to ground” aspect (applying space technology for other businesses on the ground) is important in Taiwan.

For further details about the event, or if you wish to attend, please contact [email protected]

About Space Angels Network

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About European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan

The European Chamber of Commerce Taiwan (ECCT) is the principal organization in Taiwan representing companies with European business interests. Through its annual Position Papers, the ECCT ensures that the European agenda remains on the list of priorities of the ROC government. In addition, the ECCT’s close working relationship with the European Commission adds strength to Taiwan’s voice in Europe. While primarily a business-orientated organization, the ECCT also maintains an important cultural and social focus for the European community in Taiwan. More at

3 responses to “Space Angels Network Supports Taiwan/Europe Space Collaboration”

  1. windbourne says:

    “the first space-grade GPS receiver”.
    That is interesting.

    Can other sats make use of GPS?

    And out of curiosity, is it possible to build a SMALL sat for GPS? IOW, could SpaceX’s new comm sats, also be modified to include a GPS?

    The reason I ask is that this is so, then I would think that NASA and others will want to put this around the moon and mars. In fact, if their sats can handle not just comm, but GPS and perhaps 1 other instrument, it might be ideal of sending to places like Jupiter and Saturn. Put various sats with different instruments not only around the planet, but also the moons.

  2. Larry J says:

    I don’t know where the “first space-grade GPS sensor” claim comes from unless they’re just saying that it’s the first on built in Taiwan. There are several satellites that use GPS receivers. Some use GPS both for timing and navigation. Others also use GPS radio occultation receivers to calculate the Total Electron Content of the ionosphere, a key measurement used to measure and predict radio scintillation.

    As for your question about making a smallsat versoin of GPS, it might be possible. Several years ago, there was a proposal called Mars Internet. It was a plan to build a small constellation of communications and navigation satellites to put into orbit around Mars. You can probably find some information about Mars Internet online.

  3. Nathan KAISER says:

    Looking back at this event from five years ago – how much the space (space!) has evolved in the meantime, and as was foreseeable, of course the defence aspect has become increasingly more accentuated: https://nationalinterest.or

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