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The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is planning to launch its first satellite, Napa-1

The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) is planning to launch its first satellite, Napa-1, which means “sky” in Thai, after the launch schedule was delayed for 2 times in September and December in 2019. Napa-1 is technically a CubeSat 6U model and will begin work when it finally goes into orbit around the middle of this year and will work in tandem with a Napa-2, scheduled to be launched in July. Napa-1, tasked with Earth observation, serves the intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance functions that will help soldiers fight battles on the ground in the case of a war. The RTAF hopes it will collect data that will not only help to protect national airspace but also contribute in the help to reduce the levels of PM2.5 fine dust that blankets much of the nation on a yearly basis. Moreover, the satellite can help officials in environmental issues. It will inform them better locate hot spots in bushfire areas so that firefighting efforts can be focused more effectively. 

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