Taiwanese President - “We must lock a strategic spot in the space industry’s supply chain”

Taiwanese President – “We must lock a strategic spot in the space industry’s supply chain”

On 14th September, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen says, “we must lock a strategic spot in the space industry’s supply chain.” This is by leveraging its competitive advantage in semiconductor and precision engineering.

To that end, Taiwan’s president called for cooperation among the following.
  • Government
  • The private sector
  • Academia

This is in order to launch a “regional team committed to manufacturing satellites and ground station equipment at the earliest.”

Tsai makes the comment during a visit to the National Space Organization (NPO). It is a state-run space technology developer, at the Hsinchu Science Park, as per Taiwan News and other local media channels.

Tsai says that it is important for Taiwan to discover “a niche [in the supply chain] with a tactical implication” and the government will encourage the move legally and financially. This is while taking reference to the legislation of the Space Development Act in May. In addition is the 25.1 billion Taiwan dollars budget, which the government has set away. This is in order to invest in the regional space sector by 2028.

“Every nation on the planet is competing against time to go to space,” The Epoch Times quotes Tsai. “Tens of thousands of satellites are likely to be sent into low Earth orbit in the next 10 years. This will generate huge demand for satellite and ground equipment manufacturing. The next 10 years are very important as many countries are also preparing to go back to the moon. And Taiwan must guarantee a more tactically significant position in the ‘New Space Age.’”

Tsai expresses trust that NPO Director-General Wu Jong-Shinn would be capable of “ROCKET” Taiwan’s space technology into space. Wu Jong-Shinn is also known as “Uncle Rocket.” Wu took office on 2nd August. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan, with a doctorate in aerospace engineering.

Since his inaugural ceremony, Wu has reorganized the NPO in order to concentrate on the expansion of –
  • Satellite payloads
  • Components
  • Avionics

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