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Thailand government proposes space program

The new colonial movement: In an effort to stimulate and diversify their economy, the Thailand government has proposed a space program whose long term goal will be sending an unmanned spacecraft to the Moon.

[The Minister for Education, Science, Research and Innovation Anek Laothamatas] on Thursday outlined a plan to develop, first of all, advanced satellites in the 50 kg to 100 kg range which the kingdom will launch into orbit. This will take five years.

He then explained that Thailand will aim to build a spacecraft which can travel to the moon and enter into lunar orbit. This will take a further three years. ‘The new economy of space travel will be a way for Thailand to overcome the economic effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and then to escape the middle-income trap, and the ministry will embrace creativity and innovation,’ Minister Anek disclosed.

The plan is expected to be based on the use of a xenon ion thruster rocket used by NASA and a 300 kg spacecraft which can be launched effectively out of the earth’s orbit. It would then travel to the moon at 11km per hour. Once there, it would slow to 2km per hour and enter the moon’s orbit.

The article is essentially a propaganda puff piece for this minister and his proposal. Whether it actually flies is unknown, as it appears right now to mostly be a vehicle for this guy to build his own government empire rather than actually accomplish anything. I was especially amused by this quote from the article, based on this education minister’s goals:

So this is why Thailand is keen to develop its credentials in the race to space as well as other social reforms currently being introduced by the government such as greater rights for the LGBT community, welfare schemes, a move this week to liberalise the kingdom’s abortion laws and radical plans to update the education system with an emphasis on English. [emphasis mine]

Yeah, right, space technology falls right in line with LGBT rights. Forgive me if I am skeptical.

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  • “It would then travel to the moon at 11km per hour. ”

    Is that correct? It’s about 380,000 km to the Moon. At 11 kph, it would take the spacecraft about 1440 days, or nearly four years, to reach the Moon. Even a boost halfway there is a multi-year cruise. Not unusual for interplanetary missions, but to the Moon?

  • Andi

    Maybe they know a short cut?

  • pzatchok

    Blair Ivey

    Why is everyone in such a hurry to get someplace in space?

    Its not like anyone alive is on the craft.

    How long has it taken the voyager craft to get to where they are now?

    Slower is often cheaper in fuel mass and cost.
    I think we could get a huge amount of small sats into interplanetary launches if we just accepted a longer flight time.

  • john hare

    It is hilarious when an announcement of a technical nature doesn’t know the difference between km/hr and km/sec.

  • David M. Cook

    Here we go, another NASA-type jobs program in the making! If this guy thinks he can get to the future by importing liberalism, he‘s in for a rude surprise!

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