The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) has finally launched its first satellite, Napa-1, which means “sky” in Thai, from a base in French Guiana after the launch schedule was delayed 2 times in September and December in 2019. Napa-1 is technically a CubeSat 6U model, which will work in tandem with Napa-2, which is scheduled to be launched later. Napa-1, tasked with Earth observation, serves the intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance functions that will help soldiers fight battles on the ground in the case of a war. The RTAF will collect data that will not only help to protect national airspace, but also contribute in the help to reduce the levels of PM2.5 fine dust that blankets much of the nation on a yearly basis. Moreover, the satellite can help officials in environmental issues. It will inform them better to locate hotspots in bushfire areas, so that firefighting efforts can be focussed on more effectively.
Source : Bangkok Post