After the long long long delay of negotiation on the rocket drop zone issues. THEOS, south east asia only natural resources survey satellite, now fly off the earth with ICBM-converted Dnepr rocket on the afternoon of 1 oct 2008 and it set to send its first photo of Bangkok.
Good luck out there!!!
THEOS will spend at least five years taking pictures of locations around the world, including access to any part of Thailand within two days, according to Astrium, the satellite’s prime contractor.
The satellite will be operated by the Thai Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, or GISTDA. Astrium trained 20 Thai engineers to operate the 750kg satellite during its mission.
“With THEOS, Astrium has been responsible for all phases, from manufacture to launch, and from orbit injection to utilisation of satellite data for its customer,” said Francois Auque, CEO of Astrium.
GISTDA will use the new satellite’s imagery in cartography, land use, agricultural monitoring, forestry management, coastal zone management and flood risk management applications, officials said.
THEOS carries black-and-white and colour cameras with resolutions of about two metres and 15km respectively.
The satellite contract was signed in 2004 for a scheduled launch in 2007, but negotiations between Russia and countries south of the Yasny launch site fell apart before liftoff.
THEOS had to launch on a southerly trajectory from Yasny to reach its target orbit. Such a flight path had never been attempted from Yasny before.
The first stage of the Dnepr rocket was planned to be dropped in Uzbekistan, but talks did not reach an agreement between the countries despite “promising meetings” in 2007 and early this year, according to an Astrium spokesperson.
Engineers at Kosmotras, the international company overseeing Dnepr launch operations, began redesigning the rocket’s trajectory to drop the first stage in Kazakhstan after the January launch was delayed.
Kazakhstan’s national space agency, Kazcosmos, authorised the new drop zone in a June message to Russia’s Defense Ministry. Astrium and Kosmotras began final flight preparations in early July.
Russian military officials informed Kazcosmos of the rescheduled Aug. 6 launch two days before blastoff, but Kazakhstan replied saying the launch was prohibited, Astrium officials said.
Further negotiations throughout August and September finally resulted in clearance to launch Wednesday
|THEOS in orbit; set to transmit Bangkok photos|
|BANGKOK, Oct 2 (TNA) – Thailand’s first natural resources survey satellite, THEOS, achieved orbit on Wednesday night, moving across the night sky above the kingdom for the first time, according to a national space agency senior official.Thongchai Charuppat, director of the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency, said the Thailand Earth Observation System (THEOS) was successfully launched and orbited above Thailand for the first time on Wednesday at around 9 pm.Mr. Thongchai said the THEOS control station in Sri Racha had taken up control of the satellite and begun an overall system check for mission readiness. THEOS was scheduled to be in orbit above Thailand again on October 3 and would test its camera by taking the first photo of Bangkok.THEOS will provide Thailand with worldwide geo-referenced image products and image processing capabilities for applications in cartography, land use, agricultural monitoring, forestry management, coastal zone monitoring and flood risk management.
The project was delayed for two years because of technical problems and complicated further by the political situation. (TNA)
General News : Last Update : 21:02:49 2 October 2008 (GMT+7:00)
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