On October 9, 2566, the Thailand Earth Observation Satellite 2, also known as THEOS-2, successfully entered its orbit after being launched by the VEGA rocket from the French Guiana Spaceport in South America at 8:36 am Thai time.
Originally scheduled for launch on October 7, Arianespace decided to postpone the mission due to an electrical overload issue on the rocket. This delay pushed the launch date to October 9.
THEOS-2 is a Thai satellite designed to capture high-resolution images for various purposes such as mapping, agriculture management, integrated water management, drought and natural disaster monitoring, as well as resource management. It covers all areas and provides accurate and precise data. The information will be used to improve decision-making processes and ensure effective resource management.
Following the successful launch, THEOS-2 will now enter its operational mode, where it will undergo control system tests and establish communication with the ground station located in Sriracha, overseen by the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA). This phase is expected to take approximately six months before the data will be made accessible to all stakeholders.
TLDR: THEOS-2, Thailand’s Earth Observation Satellite 2, was successfully launched into orbit on October 9, 2566. It will provide high-resolution images for mapping, agriculture, water management, and disaster monitoring. The satellite will now undergo testing and establish communication with the ground station before making its data available in about six months.