(Taiwan Innovative Space - 台灣晉陞太空股份有限公司), a commercial rocket company from Taiwan founded in May 2016,
recently received the authorization from Australian authorities
to conduct a suborbital launch of the Hapith I rocket from the Whalers Way Orbital Launch Complex
in southern Australia, after having postponed it several times since 2019.
One interesting thing about Tispace is that they are using hybrid propulsion - i.e. a liquid oxidizer and a solid fuel. While hybrid propulsion engines have existed and been explored at an R&D level for a while, it has been seldom used on actual commercial launch vehicles.
Overall, it’s very exciting to see some commercial space activity build up in Taiwan. Although a relatively new player in the space sector, it is also the world leader in semiconductor manufacturing - hosting TSMC, one of the world’s most valuable companies.