The King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology Ladkrabang’s International Academy of Aviation Industry’s Excellence Centre for Space Technology and Research, popularly known as Ecstar, recently entered into an agreement with In-Space Missions Limited, a prestigious institution based in the United Kingdom. This alliance has been formalised through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which seeks to augment cooperation in the field of satellite technology and space exploration.
Ecstar, chaired by Col Settapong Malisuwan, is an ardent aspirant for the development and increment of space research and technology within Thailand. Settapong’s confident claims of Ecstar’s devout dedication towards improving Thailand’s space capacity have proven the institute’s high ambitions and promises an exciting future for aerospace research in the country. This partnership with In-Space Missions Limited is expected to fortify the collaboration between the two entities and stimulate a dramatic strengthening of Thailand’s space research and development industry.
Ecstar director, Charnwit Munikanont, was also present at the distinguished signing ceremony of the MoU along with Tony Holt, the Chief Sales and Innovation Officer & Co-Founder of In-Space Missions Limited. Charnwit disclosed future plans for an intriguing project caught in discussions amongst Ecstar and In-Space Missions Limited – a satellite rideshare mission titled Faraday Dragon within the ASEAN ambit.
A unique opportunity has also been presented to Thailand through this coalition as it potentially permits the nation to partake in the exciting process of satellite building alongside other countries. What’s even more intriguing is the targeted execution timeline – the plan is to initiate the project by March of the ensuing year, have a jointly-built satellite ready within the span of two years, and commence operational utilization within three years.
Settapong, who assumed the position of Ecstar’s chairmanship earlier this year, has expressively conveyed the center’s objective for developing the country’s inaugural low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. Moreover, his focus on fostering international cooperation with other reputed space agencies encapsulates his vision of growth and global relevance for Ecstar.
The centre is also gearing up to support start-up businesses involved in climate change research projects. These studies are assigned by the Spacecraft Commission for Economic and Social Security Subcommittee, and Ecstar’s aid is believed to catalyze breakthroughs in this crucial area of research.
This newfound synergy between Ecstar and In-Space Missions Limited is bound to bring about significant advancements and captivating developments in Thailand’s space innovation and research domain. There are undoubtedly exciting times ahead!