As Thai representative, the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), under the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research, and Innovation (MHESI), led by Pakorn Apaphant, Ph.D., the Executive Director of GISTDA and team, participated in the CEOS Conference Strategic Implementation Team Technical Workshop 2022, the technical workshop of earth observation satellites participated by global space agencies. The workshop was held between September 13-15, 2022 in Frascati, Italy
Pakorn Apaphant, Ph.D., the Executive Director of GISTDA, informed that in this workshop, GISTDA, as the chairman of the Committee of Earth Observation Satellite Chair 2023, had presented two key factors interested by many nations. The first one was carbon emission reduction to lessen the effects of climate change by gathering satellite data and using them in both observation and carbon-storage measurement to have the data analyzed, solve problems before eventually alleviate global warming. This is complied with the fact that Thai prime minister announced his intentions – in the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow in Scotland last year – in elevating procedures to decrease the global warming, to have Thailand achieve the goals of carbon neutral by 2053, and zero emission by 2068.
Furthermore, GISTDA, in cooperation with NASA, USGS, ESA, and CSA, are promoting New Space Economy, a factor interested among regions. As the second factor that GISTDA presented in CEOS 2022, the organization proposed a guideline in providing opportunities and promote space development among private sector along with activities in connecting with private space agencies in order to elevate space economy to meet the international level. The two factors will be brought to the light in CEOS Plenary 2023 between November 28 – December 1, 2022 in Biarritz, France.
Moreover, GISTDA had also discussed with space agency of each related country, aiming to expand the New Space Economy methods to cover space value chain, such as satellite creation and manufacturing, or the satellite delivering systems.
The participation in this workshop is considered a preparation and creating an alliance network to support the position of GISTDA as the chairman of CEOS Chair 2023.