BANGKOK, July 4 (Xinhua): The Royal Thai air force’s (RTAF) second satellite was successfully launched into space on Thursday (July 1), according to Thailand’s Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA).
The Napa-2 earth observation satellite was launched aboard SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida in the United States at 02:31am local time, the GISTDA announced on its Facebook page.
The Napa-2 satellite launch followed Napa-1 satellite, the first of the Thai air force, which was successfully launched into space in last September from French Guiana.
Those satellites were primarily designed to collect data pertaining to Thailand’s natural resources, climate, air defence and national security.
The Napa 2 will view the Earth via multispectral imaging and false colour composite systems to help with natural disaster forecast and analysis.
RTAF said it was applying space technologies to support operations that will assist disaster victims. – Xinhua
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