Packing completed: NAPA-1 satellite is ready for launch

Posted on February 12, 2020 | News

The ISISPACE team successfully integrated the NAPA-1 satellite on the Vega SSMS POC HEX ring. With that, NAPA-1 satellite is armed for flight and ready for its final transportation to the launch base in Kourou, French Guyana. The satellite shall be launched to its orbit of around 530 km, where will start its earth observation mission.

This will be the first earth observation satellite of the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF). Under direct contract with RTAF, ISISPACE has designed, built and tested the satellite platform and ground segment, and will deliver the satellite in orbit to the Royal Thai Air Force after commissioning.

The main payload is a Gecko Imager, from the South African company SCS, capable of imaging in the RGB-band with an approximately 39m ground sampling distance from the typical Low Earth Orbit. There is also a secondary payload, which is a demonstration model of the TriScape 100 Imager from developer Simera Sense, with a target ground sampling distance down to 5m from the typical Low Earth Orbit. 

With NAPA-1 as a demonstration mission, the RTAF will build up and demonstrate their space operations capabilities, increasing the number of space operations to follow in the near future.