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NAPA 1, 2 (RTAF-SAT 1, 2)


NAPA 1 or RTAF-SAT 1 (Royal Thai Air Force Satellite) is an earth observation nanosatellite built for the Royal Thai Air Force.

The Royal Thai Air Force contracted in July 2018 with ISIS of Netherlands for the delivery of an earth observation 6U CubeSat in orbit.

The main payload is a Gecko Imager, from the South African company SCS, capable of imaging in the RGB-band with an approximately 39 m 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.

A second satellite, NAPA 2, is slightly modified. Besides the two imagers, it also carries an optical LED beacon. It was planned for late 2020 to fly on a Soyuz Fregat but has been moved to a launch via the ION-SCV 003 deployer on a Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) in June 2021.

Nation: Thailand
Type / Application: Technology, earth observation
Operator: Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF)
Contractors: ISIS
Equipment: Camera
Configuration: CubeSat (6U)
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Orbit: 531 km × 535 km, 97.52° (#1);
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
NAPA 1 (RTAF-SAT 1) 2020-061BA 03.09.2020 Ko ELV Vega with Athena, ION-SCV 1, ESAIL, UPMSat 2, NEMO-HD, ŅuSat 6, GHGSat C1, Flock-4v 1, ..., 26, Lemur-2 112, ..., 119, SpaceBEE 10, ..., 21, FSSCat A, B, TARS, EG 2, OSM 1 CICERO, DIDO 3, PICASSO, SIMBA, TRISAT, AMICal-Sat, TTÜ100
NAPA 2 (RTAF-SAT 2) 2021-059CN 30.06.2021 CC SLC-40 Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Starlink v1.5 R1-1, ..., R1-3, Umbra-SAR 2001, YAM 2, YAM 3, ŅuSat 19, ..., 22, ICEYE X11, X12, X13, X15, TUBIN, Mandrake 2A, 2B, Capella 5, GNOMES 2, LINCS 1, 2, PACE 1, TROPICS 01, D2/AtlaCom 1, EG 3, Centauri 4, Lemur-2 140, ..., 145, SpaceBEE 88, ..., 111, SpaceBEENZ 7, ..., 10, Sherpa-FX 2, Lynk 06, Hawk 3A, 3B, 3C, Astrocast 0201, ..., 0205, Painani 2, Sherpa-LTE 1, Tenzing, Aurora, Arthur 1, Faraday Phoenix, KSF 1A, ..., 1D, Tiger 2, ION-SCV 003, Spartan, Neptuno, W-Cube, Ghalib, QMR-KWT

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