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BIDS RECIEVED TO BUILD TAIWAN’S FIRST SATELITTE

Four foreign groups have submitted bids to supply Taiwan’s first satellite, scheduled for launch at the end of 1997, the government’s National Science Council said: the bidders are TRW Inc and Space Systems/Loral of the US, Anglo-French Matra Marconi SA, and a group comprising Israel Aircraft Industries, Germany’s Dornier and France’s Alcatel NV; a preliminary decision is expected in mid-February but there are no details on the contract value; under the $509m Taiwan space programme, Taiwan plans to have three satellites in orbit by 2006; they will be used for both scientific research and communications but details have not been released; Taiwan will hire foreign launchers to send the satellites into orbit.

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