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Thai Air Force to launch its first satellite this Friday from French Guiana

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9 minutes ago, Thailand said:

Duck!

or Grouse.

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Oooh! The first satellite is up. Euereka! Now they soon can add hub of satellites to the resumé.

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Let me guess: from Devil's Island and designed by Henri Charriere!

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1 hour ago, simon43 said:

Firstly, Thais didn't build it.  It was purchased from a company based in the Netherlands.  It's a 6U size Cubesat, which will be placed into a low earth orbit (LEO), and will fall out of the sky after no more than about 5 years,

A bit like the RTAF's helicopters and transport planes then...?

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

to help in forest fire prevention and fighting

So does it have gallons of water on board, and face recognition, like on the BMWs, to identify the offending farmers?

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1 hour ago, simon43 said:

Some more details about this satellite.

 

Firstly, Thais didn't build it.  It was purchased from a company based in the Netherlands.  It's a 6U size Cubesat, which will be placed into a low earth orbit (LEO), and will fall out of the sky after no more than about 5 years, (due to the pull of Earth's gravity).

 

Since it will be in a LEO (500 Km), this means that it will not appear stationary in the sky above Thailand, because the Earth is spinning.  It will appear to continually move across the sky from almost any location on Earth that it's viewed from.

 

Since the satellite doesn't appear stationary in the sky above Thailand, it will actually only be 'visible' for a couple of times each day, taking about 20 minutes to transit across the sky.  It's in this time-frame that the satellite camera can send photos back to the ground station in Thailand, (those could be real-time photos of Thailand, or stored photos that were taken when the satellite passed over another region of the Earth).

 

In another paper, the Thai military claim that this satellite would primarily be used to observe and survey Thai air space for defence and national security purposes, as well as detecting hotspots to prevent bushfires and water resources to combat floods or drought. In this way, the satellite cameras will play a crucial role in the RTAF's defence system, strengthening national security and preventing threats.

 

Hmm, all these goals can be achieved when there are only 2 or 3 daily passes over Thailand, each with a 20 minute viewing window?

 

There's absolutely nothing wrong with launching this kind of satellite to further one's knowledge of space technology, remote monitoring etc.  But please don't dress this little Cubesat up as something that it isn't 🙂

 

On low earth orbit LEO, Cans i hope. Just like the Crew here on Earth then

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3 hours ago, Tarteso said:

 

 

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Edited 3 hours ago by Tarteso

Unusual to see the year of manufacture on the turret.

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3 minutes ago, potless said:

Unusual to see the year of manufacture on the turret.

Is not the year.. Are the Miles per hour (cruising speed in a rainy day)  😂

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