Chinese Satellite System to Start Overseas Operations in Thailand
Beidou Navigation Satellite System has started its overseas operations starting next year in Thailand. This move is part of the effort to promote Beidou’s satellite system abroad as initial phase will focus on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
An agreement with a value of US$319 million was signed by the two countries last March along with the establishment of a commitment that both parties will be cooperating in the construction of Thailand’s geospatial system which will give the country access to the advanced technology, services and products that China has to offer. Both countries have also agreed to build a model satellite station which is based on Beidou at a industrial state located in Thailand’s eastern Chon Buri province.
The executive director for the Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency which is supervised by the Ministry of Science and Technology of Thailand said that the government is listing the construction of the disaster forecasting system that is based on the technology provided by Beidou in its overall economic development plan. Beidou’s technology will be used in sectors ranging from transportation, agricultural disaster warning an power distribution.
Thailand is one of the ASEAN countries in which Beidou is being promoted and is considered a strategic move of China since the company is capable of providing cross border navigation services.