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AIDC & NCKU Witnessed Launching of the UTTPS

It was 9:59 in the morning of November 2, 2019. At NASA’s east coast Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, Ms. Su Huey-Jen, the president of National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Dr. Yang Yi, and Mr. Ma Wan-June, the President of AIDC, witnessed the successful blastoff of the Upgraded Tracker Thermal Pump System (UTTPS), which was loaded on the Northrop Antares heading to the International Space Station (ISS). The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) is an international space program led by Dr. Samuel Ting, in which the AIDC/NCKU team engaged in building the UTTPS for the AMS-02.

In addition to Taiwan, the countries involved in designing the UTTPS also included the United States, China, Germany, and Italy.

AIDC has participated in the AMS program as early as 2006, responsible for the critical components of the thermal control system of the AMS. After 8 years of operation on the ISS, the AMS team decided to build a new UTTPS to replace the existing system. The replacement represents an additional 10 year opportunity for the AMS team to continue their research in unlocking the secrets in the creation of the universe."

The Taiwan AMS team is composed of the; NCKU, AIDC, the Academia Sinica, and the National Chung-Shen Institute of Science & Technology (NCSIST). The NCKU is responsible for overall project integration, while AIDC fabricates the structures and performs feasibility analysis.