TACC History

Taiwan Analysis Center for COSMIC (TACC) was established under the cooperation project for FORMOSAT-3 program between Central Weather Bureau (CWB) and National Space Organization (NSPO) in September, 2002. FORMOSAT-3 program is an international collaboration project between Taiwan and the U.S. with joint efforts of Taiwan's National Space Organization and University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) of the U.S.

The goal of the project is to develop advanced technology for the real-time monitoring of the global environmental. This project is also named Constellation Observing System for Meteorology, Ionosphere and Climate, or FORMOSAT/COSMIC for short. UCAR also established COSMIC Data Analysis and Archive Center (CDAAC).

After FORMOSAT-3 was Launched, TACC and CDAAC synchronously operate program, including real-time data receive, process, archive, and release. Atmospheric and ionospheric high resolution retrieved products are generated and then delivered not only to domestic weather center but also worldwide research institute for scientific application and operation.Radio occultation technic has been approved to high positive impact to weather forecast and analysis, global space weather forecast, and others scientific research.

The success of FORMOSAT-3/COSMIC has prompted NSPO and U.S. agencies (led by NOAA) to execute follow-on operational mission called FORMOSAT-7/COSMIC-2. FORMOSAT-7 program will extend the mission architecture from previous program that TACC and UCAR are in charge of Taiwan Data Processing Center (TDPC) and U.S. Date processing Center (USDPC) respectively. FORMOSAT-7 data products will be released in few months after satellite was launched at 25th June 2019.

  • 2002 Arrangement and establishment of TACC
  • 2005 TACC website was online
  • 2006 FORMOSAT-3 was launched. Soon later, TACC released data products.
  • 2010 FORMOSAT-7 program agreement had been signed between NSPO and NOAA. TACC arranged TDPC.
  • 2013 TACC started to build Taiwan RO Process System (TROPS)
  • 2017 TDPC and TROPS was in readiness for operation
  • 2019 FORMOSAT-7 was launched at 25th June, 2019.