Press Release

Successful services for Thai satellite

By SpaceRef Editor
October 2, 2008
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THEOS The Thai Earth observation satellite THEOS was finally launched from Yasny, Russia, on 1 October at 06:37 UTC.

SSC provides the THEOS mission with uplink and downlink communication services during the so called LEOP – Launch and Early Orbit Phase – covering the 15 first days of the mission. After launch, SSC’s Esrange Satellite Station had its first contact with THEOS at 08.07 UTC. The station now communicates with the satellite each time it passes over Esrange’s horizon, i.e. nine times a day.

The services are provided by contract with EADS Astrium which built THEOS for GISTDA, the Thai Ministry of Science and Technology.

The THEOS satellite will provide Thailand with worldwide geo-referenced image products and image processing capabilities for applications in cartography, land use, agricultural monitoring, forestry management, coastal zone monitoring and flood risk management.

For further information please contact Mikael Eriksson, SSC, Esrange Satellite Station, Tel +46 980 721 71.

SpaceRef staff editor.