Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency


Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency
Agency overview
Formed3 November 2000
TypeSpace agency
HeadquartersChaeng Watthana Government Complex,
Lak Si, Bangkok
MottoDelivering Values From Space
Primary spaceportGISTDA THEOS Control & Receiving Station (Si Racha)
OwnerMinistry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation

The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization) (Thai: สำนักงานพัฒนาเทคโนโลยีอวกาศและภูมิสารสนเทศ (องค์การมหาชน)) or, in brief, GISTDA (Thai: สทอภ.), is a Thai space agency and space research organisation. It is responsible for remote sensing and technology development satellites.

It has its offices in Chaeng Watthana Government Complex, Bangkok.[1][2]


In 1971, Thailand had a satellite natural resource survey project by joining the NASA ERTS-1, which is a project of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) under the operation of the National Research Council of Thailand at that time. Due to the success of the project, the status of the project has changed is the division level name to "Satellite Natural Resources Survey Division" in 1979.[3]

In 2000, the Ministry of Science Technology and Environment has set up a new space technology unit by combining the Satellite Natural Resources Survey Division of Office of the National Research Council and the Department of Coordination and Promotion of Geographic information system Development Information Center of the Office of the Permanent Secretary for Science Technology and Environment, into the name of Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (Public Organization).[4]

Satellite programs


GISTDA owns the THEOS satellite, which was launched by a Dnepr rocket from the Dombarovskiy Cosmodrome in Russia on 1 October 2008.[5]


In June 2018, GISTDA selected Airbus to build the THEOS-2 satellite, an observation satellite that will replace THEOS satellite.[6]

See also


  1. ^ GISTDA Administration - Executive Board[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ GISTDA Administration - Executive Team[permanent dead link]
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  5. ^ "Russia launches Thai satellite on converted missile". RIA Novosti. 1 October 2008.
  6. ^ "Thailand selects Airbus for Theos-2 satellite, total budget $238 million". spacetechasia. 19 June 2018.

External links

  • New GISTDA English language website