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First Thai-made satellite to launch in 2023

Neill Fronde



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The first Thai-manufactured satellite, named the TSC-Pathfinder and designed to survey Earth’s natural resources, is planned to be launched in 2023. The launch is part of a schedule by the Ministry of Higher Education Science Research and Innovation’s developing space technology programme to launch 5 small satellites between 2021 and 2027. Space engineering development and application, research and development, and educational and industrial support will be the focus of their new programme. The TSC Pathfinder’s project manager reported that a minimum of 15 staff members on the project would be trained in China within the next year about the construction and engineering of satellites.

While Thailand did officially launch a satellite last year, it was manufactured in the Netherlands and launched in French Guiana. The Thai-made satellite is the first thing in space made in Thailand, aside from some trees on the International Space Station.

It’s exciting to see Thailand enter the space race, although some people are critical, asking if the big price tag on a project like this will actually benefit Thailand and its citizens. Many people have posted publicly on social media pointing out that, while the government spends heavily on advanced space technology, many Thai people are struggling with poverty.

MHESI Minister Anek Laothamatas believes that developing space technology would definitely be beneficial for future investors because of the expansion of advanced technology into everyday life for so many people. He believes that while the launch of these satellites is just establishing of the basic infrastructure needed to develop the technology further, the field will actually create a lot of jobs and stimulate the economy in the long run.

“The space technology business will be able to create start-up businesses related to space technology and in doing so elevate the country’s economy.”

The MHESI have planned five satellite launches between now and 2027:

  • The TSC-Pathfinder, launching in 2023 to survey natural resources
  • The TSC-1, launching in 2025 to survey the Earth
  • The TSC-PFT1, launch date TBD to probe dual-system technology
  • The TSC-PFT2, launch date TBD to analyze a system of sending and receiving signals in a low-frequency-X band
  • The TSC-2, launching by 2027, to use the developments of the third and fourth satellites in order to reach the Moon’s orbit

SOURCE: Bangkok Post


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    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 5:14 pm

    Still ahead of africa! Africans still exist in the ‘hunter/gatherer’ phase of evolution

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    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7:01 pm

    And very soon Thailand will become the whole worlds space HUB right.

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    toby andrews

    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    WILL Prayut be on it?

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    Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 9:32 pm

    Will there be dual pricing in space? Asking for a friend.

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    James R

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 1:36 am

    Investing in a space industry will create jobs, create wealth which is taxed and will benefit the so called ‘poor people’.

    I was talking to a Thai today by phone who is in Thailand, one of her sisters has as son, he has hardly ever worked due to laziness, he now has a wife and they have now produced a child they can not afford and thus are poor.

    Other people in the village work hard, do not produce kids they can not afford, there is work around.

    He made himself poor, why hold back a space program as these types of people will always exist no matter how much you give them.

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    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 9:42 am

    So it will over europe again, because space navigation and tech in China is over european companies. Everywhere they go we were already there before or as we say the baby cannot teach the parents how to walk. By the way China has no gps, all the gps is over the west because its their invention. All they use in China came from the Farangs like electricity, light, cars, trains, planes, phones, tv, computers, internet,ect, ect…Just to copy anything is not doing yourself!

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    Colin G

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    Whilst I applaud the initiative, I can’t help but think that stated objectives of the first two missions could be filed under ‘Already Done By Others’.

    However, I am intrigued by the third mission “to probe dual-system technology”. Dual system, eh ? Sounds worthy of the X-files…..

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    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 1:36 pm

    BILL , The moron , are you now happy bashing Africa? So many stupid men on forums , hiding behind their keyboard, lol, I’m sure the hillybillies were also behind before.

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    toby andrews

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 4:46 pm

    They will launch a satellite after the Chinese show them how, and as Stardust states the Chinese learned about satellites from the West.
    The only satellite they launched was bought from the Dutch.
    However I will give the Thais their due. They do make some very nice kites.
    The Thais should stick to manufacturing them . . .
    Forget satellites Thailand.

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    James R

    Wednesday, April 7, 2021 at 10:55 pm


    I hear Cambodia might be thinking of adopting electricity soon, and have heard the word ‘car’ and are going to investigate what it is all about.

    Sell your candles now before the rush starts.

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    Roger Bruce

    Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 9:36 am

    Sorry James but please refrain from your comments while on Yabba
    You are looking very foolish
    Millions of very poor in Thailand still Poverty is in Thailand to base your crap on one lazy young idiot that had a kid is crazy sorry
    Yet this Gove invest millions in a space program that is worthless to Thailand so far behind the west and Russia they look like children in a sandpit at Kinda

    Invest in the road toll save hundreds of lives a month not space it is idiocy
    Or better still get a new democratic Gov

    Good Luck Thailand

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    James R

    Friday, April 9, 2021 at 10:29 pm


    I do hope English is not your first language.

    Any country which invests in high tech industries including space always benefit.

    You seem to think it is a space race from the cold war days, so some countries are ahead of others but any country can contribute to the technology.

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Neill is a journalist from the United States with 10 years broadcasting experience and national news and magazine publications. He graduated with a degree in journalism and communications from the University of California and has been living in Thailand since 2014.

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