Deputy Government Spokesperson Rachada Dhnadirek stated that Thailand would launch two satellites (main and small satellites) into space later this year, under its THEOS-2 project.
This project is Thailand’s first earth observation satellite, designed and developed by Thai scientists and engineers. It comprises the main satellite, known as THEOS-2, to be sent into orbit in September 2023 from a launchpad in French Guiana in South America, and the small satellite, known as THEOS-2A, to be launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in India's Sriharikota Island in late October 2023. However, the schedules are changeable, depending on the emerging situation and related factors.
The THEOS-2 is being kept at the Airbus Test Facility in Toulouse, France, while THEOS-2A is being kept at Space Inspirium in Si Racha district, Chon Buri province.
Ms. Rachada said that the Government attaches great importance to space technology development in order to enhance Thailand’s competitiveness. It has also prepared infrastructure for the space industry in an effort to move the country toward stability, prosperity, and sustainability.
The Space Inspirium, located in Si Racha district, Chon Buri province, is up to date and has been developed with international standards for satellite testing and component building.
A team of 22 Thai engineers recently received training in space technology from the United Kingdom, and they have played an important part in disseminating their knowledge to the general public through capacity-building.
The Government is in the process of building a 100-percent Thai-made satellite, called “THEOS-3.” The new satellite is expected to be completed in the near future.