SSTL ships THEOS-2 SmallSAT to GISTDA in Thailand


SSTL ships THEOS-2 SmallSAT to GISTDA in Thailand

Press release from: Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd
Posted: Monday June 20th 2022

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has shipped the THEOS-2 SmallSAT, a 100kg earth observation satellite, to the Thailand Geoinformatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) in Sri Racha, in Thailand.

Manufactured in the UK under a 4-year customer training program, the THEOS-2 SmallSAT is a one meter resolution Earth observation satellite with still and video imaging capability , an ADS-B aircraft identification payload and an experimental payload developed by a Thai customer. The ADS-B payload is specific to the THEOS-2 SmallSAT and is based on the new SSTL Software Defined Radio which is configurable in orbit and has been designed to complement SSTL’s range of small satellite sensors.

The occasion was marked by a visit from the Thai Ambassador to the UK, His Excellency Mr. Pisanu Suvanajata, who said, “I am honored to be invited to witness the progress of the THEOS-2 project. SmallSAT ahead of its Thailand expedition, and to learn more about the work that has been done by GISTDA to build the satellite in conjunction with SSTL here in the UK. This continued collaboration represents an advanced and strategic partnership between the two countries that will bring significant benefits for socio-economic development, such as its applications in urban planning, change detection, infrastructure monitoring and humanitarian disaster monitoring for Thailand.

Phil Brownnett, Managing Director of SSTL, said, “We are delighted to be working with our customer GISTDA to extend the latest small satellite technologies to a new generation of engineers, cementing a successful relationship between SSTL and GISTDA. SSTL’s training programs demonstrate the international cooperation at the heart of the space sector, and we look forward to continuing to support our colleagues at GISTDA with operational support at launch and in orbit.

SSTL’s training program for GISTDA was designed to enable Thai engineers to design, manufacture, integrate and test similar satellites in Thailand in the future and was built as part of a knowledge transfer training program involving a total of 48 GISTDA customer engineers, with training and mentoring taking place both in the UK at SSTL’s facilities in Guildford and in Thailand. SSTL has also worked with GISTDA to develop and qualify their space supply chain in the country, a key element in advancing capacity building in the country and achieving the sustainable development of space activities in Thailand.

The THEOS-2 SmallSAT is based on SSTL’s CARBONITE series of Earth observation spacecraft and will be operated by GISTDA of Thailand with support from SSTL’s early operations.

The THEOS-2 SmallSAT program was delivered as part of the THEOS-2 Earth observation program in collaboration with Airbus Defense and Space, which provides a very high resolution satellite and a complete geo-intelligence system.

The THEOS-2 SmallSAT is SSTL’s 20th know-how transfer customer training program and the second collaboration with Thailand; SSTL previously trained Thai client engineers during the 1995-1997 Thai-Paht mission.

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