Thaicom selects Airbus for new high-throughput satellite

Thaicom selects Airbus for new high-throughput satellite

Thaicom, an Asian satellite and space tech company headquartered in Bangkok, has announced the selection of Airbus, one of the world’s leading space businesses, to build its new generation software-defined high-throughput satellite (HTS) at 119.5 degrees east.

Thaicom’s subsidiary, Space Tech Innovation (STI), has signed a contract with Airbus Space Systems to design and manufacture its new satellite, as well as to provide ground control segment components.

Thaicom says Airbus will provide one of its latest designed satellites, a fully reconfigurable OneSat which is capable of adjusting coverage area, capacity and frequency ‘on the fly’ to respond to future challenges by enabling the adoption of new technologies while the satellite is in orbit.

The satellite will provide extended connectivity in Ku-band over the Asia-Pacific region for Thaicom’s customers and partners across the area. Airbus plans to deliver the satellite in 2027.

Patompob (Nile) Suwansiri, Thaicom’s Chief Executive Officer, says of the new satellite: “It will allow flexibility and instant reconfiguration to adapt dynamically to the service areas and will provide a significant confidence boost for Thaicom’s valued customers and partners throughout Asia-Pacific.”

Pointing out that this is the ninth order for the OneSat product line, which is fully reconfigurable in orbit, Jean-Marc Nasr, Head of Airbus Space Systems, adds: “Airbus will design and manufacture the satellite and provide ground control segment components…This collaboration with Thaicom is a first, and we look forward to further building our relationship in the future.”

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