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Air Force’s first security satellite Napa-1 launched

By The Nation

 

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The Royal Thai Air Force’s first security satellite was successfully sent into space on Thursday (September 3) at 8.51am Bangkok time from the Guiana Space Centre in French Guiana.

 

The Arianespace Vega rocket, Flight VV16, carried 53 satellites from 13 countries, including seven microsatellites weighing a mere 15 kilogram each and 46 nanosatellites, including the Air Force’s first security satellite Napa-1.

 

This satellite will help the Air Force’s operations in three domains – air, cyber and space – as part of its 20-year strategic plan.

 

The satellite will also help support the country’s disaster-mitigation measures by providing pertinent data that can be used to prevent forest fires, flooding and drought.

 

The launch of Napa-1 is an essential first step in space reconnaissance and surveillance for the stability and development of the country.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/edandtech/30393964

 

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-- © Copyright The Nation Thailand 2020-09-03
 
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4 minutes ago, snoop1130 said:

The Royal Thai Air Force’s first security satellite was successfully sent into space on Thursday

trusting thai with satellites ?! they cant even manage road vehicles

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3 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

 

The Arianespace Vega rocket, Flight VV16, carried 53 satellites from 13 countries, including seven microsatellites weighing a mere 15 kilogram each and 46 nanosatellites, including the Air Force’s first security satellite Napa-1

Is this the same Napa 1 based on the Dutch Cubesat U6 satellite that should've launched months ago and was " less than 100 mil " barts to buy in and will be controlled by the Space Operations Centre or SPOC as they like to acronym it .. you couldn't make that up .. 

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8 hours ago, PatOngo said:

Ground control to Major Som

Your circuits dead, there's something wrong

Can you hear me, Major Som?

Can you hear me, Major Som?

 

Majom Tom can't hear, he is actually having a snack with General Tam

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16 hours ago, snoop1130 said:

The Arianespace Vega rocket, Flight VV16, carried 53 satellites from 13 countries, including seven microsatellites weighing a mere 15 kilogram each and 46 nanosatellites, including the Air Force’s first security satellite Napa-1

Weighing in at 3 grams.

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...data that can be used to prevent forest fires, flooding and drought

 

Since this little satellite is not in a geostationary orbit, it will  - like most weather satellites - only be visible and take photos of Thailand perhaps 3 times each day for 10 minutes each time, as it passes over the country.  So I'm a little confused as to what the actual purpose is for this satellite.  It is not a demonstration of Thai engineering skills/expertise, since it was effectively bought 'off the shelf'.

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