Tech June 27, 2018 01:00

By The Nation

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The GeoInformatics and Space Technology Development Agency of Thailand (GISTDA) has selected Airbus as partner for its nextgeneration national geoinformation system.

The endtoend system will make Thailand one of the few nations able to fully exploit geoinformation for societal benefits. Fully in line with Thailand's 4.0 policy, the THEOS2 programme will constitute a major milestone in the development of Space in the Eastern Economic Corridor and its Digital Park.

 As part of the contract, a comprehensive capacity building programme will involve Thai engineers in the development of an integrated geo information system, ground segment and two Earth observation satellites: a very highresolution and a small satellite system. The small satellite system from Airbus' subsidiary SSTL will be assembled and tested incountry by Thai engineers to deliver technology transfer and involve local suppliers. This will be complemented by an extensive training scheme capitalizing on Airbus' comprehensive geointelligence expertise, and will further develop Thailand's geospatial industry, said Dr. Anond Snidvongs, Executive Director of GISTDA.