Thailand to launch first moon mission
Thailand will build a spacecraft within seven years with a budget of around Bt3 billion, according to the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation.
Minister Anek Laothamatas announced on Thursday that Thailand will produce high-tech satellites in four years, before advancing to build a spaceship with a weight of 300 kilograms for a mission to the moon.
The ship will be powered by a xenon ion thruster, the same propulsion method used by Nasa for interplanetary space missions.
Thailand’s first lunar mission will be officially announced in January, Anek said.