Having stretched its technological wings and made its mark in the cosmos, the majestic THEOS-2, Thailand’s second earth observation satellite, gracefully ascended to the stars and settled into its new astral abode. This spectacular launch, a symbol of Thailand’s rapid advancement in space technology, was orchestrated at the world-renowned French Guiana Space Centre, an oasis of innovation nestled deep in South America.
The brilliant minds of the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Gistda) breathed a sigh of joy as the satellite flawlessly began its journey at the break of dawn Thai time, corresponding to the previous night in French Guiana. Thailand’s eager anticipation for this significant step in space exploration was palpable, encapsulating the country’s aspirations and solidifying its position in the global space community.
The mission control room burst into a roar of applause exactly 55 minutes post-launch as THEOS-2 detached from the tenacious grasp of the VEGA Flight VV23 rocket, marking its triumphant entry into orbit. As the clock struck 10 in the morning, a new milestone was set. THEOS-2 started to transmit signals to its terrestrial counterpart, the THEOS Control & Receiving Station, anchoring its position on the map of the universe and claiming its rightful place in the infinite cosmic expanse.
Though the prodigious leap made by Thailand caught the eye of the world, it wasn’t alone in its journey tot the cosmos. Taiwan’s brilliant FORMOSAT-7R and ten impressive satellites of the European Space Agency, were all aligned for the heavens on the same day, making the event a pageant of remarkable celestial capabilities.
Contrary to the original plan, the satellite’s voyage to the stars was set to commence on October 7th. However, a minor technical hiccup that arose a shy 14 seconds before launch led to an unscheduled pause in the countdown. Never one to be deterred, the planetary explorer eagerly awaited its second chance and eventually took off with renewed determination.
The giant leap for the 425-kilogram satellite aims to cast a new perspective on Earth, illuminating security goals and disaster management strategies. With high-resolution imagery capabilities fine-tuned to an impressive 50-centimeter scale, THEOS-2 promises to advance Thailand’s space technology, human resources, geo-informatics and space-related industries.
This sentinel of the universe isn’t only a symbol of technological prowess but a provider of practical solutions. With plans to revolutionize various domains, its contributions will include advancements in cartography, agricultural and food management, water management, disaster control, city planning, economic corridors, and natural resource and ecosystem analysis.
Taking the reins from its predecessor, THEOS-1 or Thaichote, THEOS-2 proudly upholds the legacy of its family, gracefully waltzing into the space where its senior has served diligently since October 1, 2008. With the dawn of a new era marked by THEOS-2’s launch, Thailand boldly ventures into the future, navigating the nuanced cosmos with increasing confidence.