THEOS-2 satellite captures first high-detail images of Bangkok

Picture courtesy of The Pattaya News

Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) unveiled the first images captured by its THEOS-2 satellite. Launched into space on October 9 last year, the satellite has now successfully entered orbit and undergone rigorous testing and calibration by engineering teams to ensure it meets universal standards.

Dr Pornthep Navakitkanok, Director of the National Satellite Manufacturing Centre, confirmed that THEOS-2 is fully operational and capable of capturing highly detailed images. The satellite recently transmitted its first images of Bangkok, showcasing its ability to visualise objects as small as 50 by 50 centimetres.

This level of detail makes THEOS-2 highly suitable for various applications, including city planning, transportation, environmental monitoring, and public utilities, said Dr Pornthep.

“The precision of the images is remarkable, and the satellite holds great potential for supporting student research as well.”

Beyond its immediate capabilities, GISTDA plans to leverage THEOS-2 to further develop Thailand’s space ecosystem and industry. This initiative is seen as a critical component of the nation’s science, technology, and innovation infrastructure, reported The Pattaya News.

Dr Pornthep also announced that THEOS-2 would be fully operational for public use on a digital service platform by July 2024, marking a significant milestone in Thailand’s space development efforts.

In related news, GISTDA confirmed that the Thailand Earth Observation Satellite 2 (THEOS-2) was set to soar into space in October last year.

The satellite reached Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana, South America, after a safe journey from Toulouse, France. This news came to light when GISTDA announced the upcoming launch on their official Facebook page, adding that THEOS-2, constructed by Airbus Defence and Space, would be undergoing final inspections before its attachment to the launch vehicle.

THEOS-2 is the successor to THEOS-1, also known as Thaichote, which was launched on October 1, 2008. As THEOS-1 nears the end of its operational lifespan, THEOS-2 is ready to take the baton.

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