in Space

SSTL ships THEOS-2 SmallSAT to GISTDA in Thailand

Posted 20 June 2022

Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) has shipped the THEOS-2 SmallSAT, a 100kg Earth Observation satellite, to the Thai Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) in Sri Racha, Thailand.

Image courtesy SSTL

Manufactured in the UK under a 4 year customer training programme, the THEOS-2 SmallSAT is a one metre resolution class Earth Observation satellite with both still and video imaging capability, an ADS-B aircraft identification payload, and a Thai customer developed experimental payload. The ADS-B payload is specific for the THEOS-2 SmallSAT and is based on the newly developed SSTL Software Defined Radio which is configurable in orbit, and which has been designed to complement SSTL’s range of small satellite sensors.   

The occasion was marked by a visit from the Thai Ambassador to the UK His Excellency Mr. Pisanu Suvanajata, who said: “I am honoured to be invited to witness the progress on THEOS-2 SmallSAT project before it is shipped to Thailand, and to learn more about the work that has been carried out by GISTDA to build the satellite in collaboration with SSTL here in the UK. This ongoing collaboration represents an advanced and strategic partnership between the two countries which will deliver significant benefits for socio and economic development, such as its applications in urban planning, change detection, infrastructure monitoring and humanitarian disaster monitoring for Thailand.”

Phil Brownnett, SSTL’s Managing Director, said: “We are delighted to work with our customer GISTDA to extend the latest small satellite technologies to a new generation of engineers, cementing a successful relationship between SSTL and GISTDA. SSTL’s training programmes are testimony to the international co-operation at the heart of the space sector, and we look forward to continuing to support our GISTDA colleagues with launch and in-orbit operational support.”

SSTL’s training programme for GISTDA was devised to enable the Thai engineers to design, manufacture, integrate and test similar satellites in Thailand in the future and was built under a knowledge transfer training programme involving a total of 48 customer engineers from GISTDA, with the training and mentoring taking place both in the UK at SSTL’s Guildford facility and in Thailand. SSTL has also been working with GISTDA to develop and qualify their in-country space supply chain, a key element to advance in-country capacity building and achieve sustainable development of space activities in Thailand.

The THEOS-2 SmallSAT is based on SSTL’s CARBONITE series of earth observation spacecraft and will be operated by GISTDA from Thailand with support for early operations from SSTL.

The THEOS-2 SmallSAT programme was delivered as part of the THEOS-2 Earth Observation Programme in collaboration with Airbus Defence and Space, who are delivering a very high resolution satellite and a comprehensive geo-intelligence system.

The THEOS-2 SmallSAT is SSTL’s 20th Know-how Transfer customer training programme and the second collaboration with Thailand; SSTL previously trained Thai customer engineers during the 1995-1997 Thai-Paht mission.



Other Stories
Latest News

Serco receives GCAA ANS Certification for UAE

The certificate was presented to Phil Malem, CEO, Serco Middle East by Mohammad Al Dossari, Senior Director Air Navigation & Aerodromes Department, GCAA at a ceremony in Serco’s offices.

Airbus to provide 42 satellite platforms to Northrop Grumman for US SDA

Airbus US Space & Defense, Inc. has been contracted to provide 42 satellite platforms - as well as assembly, integration and test (AIT), launch and space vehicle commissioning support services - to Northrop Grumman, to fulfil the US

BAE Systems wins $12bn contract to sustain US ICBMs

The US Air Force has awarded BAE Systems an 18-year, $12 billion total ceiling contract, to continue supporting the sustainment of the nation’s intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs).

EMS to showcase high performance micromotors at FIA 2022

Poole based small DC motor supplier Electro Mechanical Systems (EMS) will be showcasing FAULHABER’s BXT-SC series, AM3248 stepper motor and new L-series linear actuators, at this year’s Farnborough International

BAE Systems' RTD hits ground target with APKWS

BAE Systems’ Robotic Technology Demonstrator (RTD) has successfully fired Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) laser-guided rockets at multiple ground targets - with a human decision in the loop - at the US

Velocity Composites retains Nadcap certification

Burnley based provider of composite materials for the aerospace sector, Velocity Composites, has retained its Nadcap certification as a kitting services supplier.

Atkins SK0106310822
See us at
Advanced Engin BT2504031122Future Arm Vehicles Power Systems BTDVD BT2704220922GlobalMilSatCom BT2006101122