FORMOSAT-2 has a unique orbit, enabling it to revisit anywhere on earth within 24 hours. Launched on May 20, 2004, this satellite has the capability to obtain high resolution optical images at a ground sampling distance of just 2m (Panchromatic) and 8m (Multi-spectral). FORMOSAT-2 yields a legacy of more than 10 years’ worth of imagery which has been used in applications including environmental and land use monitoring to natural disaster evaluation.
© FORMOSAT-2 Image from NSPO


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Parameter FORMOSAT-2
Orbit Altitude 888km
Spectral Bands Five spectral bands (450-900nm) with one panchromatic (2m), three visible (8m) and one near-infrared (8m) band
Swath Width 24km
Ground Sampling Distance (GSD) 2-8m
Launch/Life Expectancy 2004-2016
Revisit Time 1 day
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