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Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency

The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization) (Thai: สำนักงานพัฒนาเทคโนโลยีอวกาศและภูมิสารสนเทศ (องค์การมหาชน)) or, in brief, GISTDA (Thai: สทอภ.), is a Thai space agency and space research organisation. It is responsible for remote sensing and technology development satellites.

Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency
สำนักงานพัฒนาเทคโนโลยีอวกาศและภูมิสารสนเทศ
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AbbreviationGISTDA
MottoDelivering Values From Space
Formation3 November 2000
HeadquartersChaeng Watthana Government Complex,
Lak Si, Bangkok
Administrator
Arnon Sanitwong Na Ayuthaya
GISTDA THEOS Control & Receiving Satation (Si Racha)
Parent organisation
Thailand
Websitewww.gistda.or.th

It has its offices in Chaeng Watthana Government Complex, Bangkok.[1][1][2]

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HistoryEdit

In 1971, Thailand had a satellite natural resource survey project by joining the NASA ERTS-1, which is a project of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under the operation of the National Research Council of Thailand at that time. Due to the success of the project, the status of the project has changed is the division level name to "Satellite Natural Resources Survey Division" in 1979.[3]

Later in 2000, the Ministry of Science Technology and Environment has set up a new unit by combining the Satellite Natural Resources Survey Division, Office of the National Research Council and the Coordinating and Promotion Department for Geographic Information and System Development, Information Center, Office of the Permanent Secretary for Science Technology and Environment in the name of Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization).[4]

Satellite programsEdit

THEOSEdit

GISTDA owns the THEOS satellite, which was launched by a Dnepr rocket from the Dombarovskiy Cosmodrome in Russia on 1 October 2008.[5]

THEOS-2Edit

In June 2018, GISTDA selected Airbus to build the THEOS-2 satellite, an observation satellite that will replace THEOS satellite.[6]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b GISTDA Administration - Executive Board[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ GISTDA Administration - Executive Team[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ http://hrdi.mnre.go.th/th/news/detail/33123
  4. ^ https://www.mhesi.go.th/main/th/responsibilities/1508-gistda
  5. ^ "Russia launches Thai satellite on converted missile". RIA Novosti. 1 October 2008.
  6. ^ "Thailand selects Airbus for Theos-2 satellite, total budget $238 million". spacetechasia. 19 June 2018.

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