Thailand wants to build its own satellites

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Thailand is considering a plan to build its own satellites in order to enable the country to pursue its earth exploration and research ambitions, Minister of Science and Technology Suwit Maesincee told attendees of a technology seminar on December 27.

He stressed that it was the wish Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that the country has its own satellites and related facilities “to observe the world with.”

The minister noted that the government is particularly keen on pursuing a “Big Bang” plan, which is a small satellite project for domestic use, comprised of a 100-kilogramme satellite for Earth exploration and a research satellite that would weigh between 50 and 100 kilogrammes.

Costs to build the two units are estimated to reach 400 million baht ($12.5 million) and 375 million baht ($11.7 million), respectively, the minister said. However, according to the director of Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency Anon Sanitwong Na Ayutthaya, the two satellites would cost around one billion baht ($31.25 million) to build.

“Building the two satellites would push Thailand forward in many ways. They would help develop our understanding of agriculture, improve education and ensure interconnectivity of information between ministries,” Maesincee said.

He added that the Cabinet’s mission was to implement all government initiatives under a policy to inspire children and the country’s youth to become more interested in science and technology while helping find capable individuals to prepare Thailand for the 21st century.

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Thailand is considering a plan to build its own satellites in order to enable the country to pursue its earth exploration and research ambitions, Minister of Science and Technology Suwit Maesincee told attendees of a technology seminar on December 27.

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Thailand is considering a plan to build its own satellites in order to enable the country to pursue its earth exploration and research ambitions, Minister of Science and Technology Suwit Maesincee told attendees of a technology seminar on December 27.

He stressed that it was the wish Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that the country has its own satellites and related facilities “to observe the world with.”

The minister noted that the government is particularly keen on pursuing a “Big Bang” plan, which is a small satellite project for domestic use, comprised of a 100-kilogramme satellite for Earth exploration and a research satellite that would weigh between 50 and 100 kilogrammes.

Costs to build the two units are estimated to reach 400 million baht ($12.5 million) and 375 million baht ($11.7 million), respectively, the minister said. However, according to the director of Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency Anon Sanitwong Na Ayutthaya, the two satellites would cost around one billion baht ($31.25 million) to build.

“Building the two satellites would push Thailand forward in many ways. They would help develop our understanding of agriculture, improve education and ensure interconnectivity of information between ministries,” Maesincee said.

He added that the Cabinet’s mission was to implement all government initiatives under a policy to inspire children and the country’s youth to become more interested in science and technology while helping find capable individuals to prepare Thailand for the 21st century.

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