On June 9, in the presence of Dr. Anek Laothamatas, Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation of Thailand, GISTDA (Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency) and Airbus signed a Letter of Intent on cooperation related to future Space missions in Thailand.
This cooperation is aimed at preparing the implementation of future Thai satellites and derived services.
After the success of the first Earth-Observation satellite system named THEOS-1, built by Airbus, launched in 2008 and still fully operational, and following the award to Airbus of the second Earth-Observation satellite system named THEOS-2 in 2018, GISTDA is currently studying the development of follow-up Space programmes.
Those programmes should be built on the foundation of both THEOS-1 and THEOS-2 missions in order to amplify Thai Space capabilities to address the country's needs and strongly contribute to the nation's economic development and societal well-being.
Airbus will study with GISTDA solutions for the future Thai Earth-Observation system which will be used for supporting the operations in various aspects, including but not limited to, Social and Security management, Cities and Economic Corridors Management, Natural Resources and Ecosystems Management, Water Management, Disaster Management and Agricultural Management