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Taiwan builds key sensitive satellite equipment

Published on Feb 25, 2014 6:19 PM

TAIPEI (AFP) - Taiwan has successfully developed a key satellite component whose export is controlled by space powers, an official said on Tuesday, calling it a "milestone" in efforts to build its own space technology.

Three Taiwanese research and weather satellites launched between 1999 and 2006 were designed abroad.

A fourth scheduled to be launched next year will be 60 per cent locally made.

But Taiwan had not previously managed to build equipment to receive signals from global positioning systems.

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