International Institute of Space Technology for Economic Development

King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok


International Institute of Space Technology for Economic Development (INSTED) has been established under King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB), Thailand in 2020. INSTED believes that there are unlimited possibilities and potential value creations from space. Space education, technology, innovation, and utilization are crucial to develop Thailand’s competitiveness. Possessing space technology capabilities from upstream to downstream can now be realized, developed, and implemented locally. With a strong ambition and full supports by KMUTNB, INSTED drives toward building the space industry in Thailand and partnerships with international space organizations.
The primary purpose of INSTED is to build a network of space technology personnel and organizations in Thailand through business-driven projects. INSTED is co-developing space-related projects with our partners domestically and internationally to utilize the space technology to meet the organization and end-user demands. With this business-led strategy, INSTED provides the industry with the necessary knowledge and skills to develop commercial or innovative products and services. Besides, INSTED offers space environment testing services to ensure that the products are space-proven and meet space standards. Most importantly, INSTED supports the industry concerning domestic and international space regulations.
INSTED currently collaborates with the local companies in Thailand to develop our satellite manufacturing supply chain. We work very closely with universities, research and technology institutes, and multi-disciplinary experts worldwide for technology transfer and consultation. INSTED is open for collaborative research activities, knowledge and personnel exchanges for technological capabilities enhancement. 

For more information, please contact 
Dr. Phongsatorn Saisutjarit (Acting Director, INSTED) 


KMUTNB Academic Challenge of Knowledge SATellite

A 1U-CubeSat satellite designed and developed by 
King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB), Thailand. 
It is Thailand's first locally-built satellite. The satellite left its motherland, Thailand, for the first time on September 22, 2018 and was successfully integrated into a deployer on September 24, 2018.
At Spaceflight's Auburn Integration Facility, WA, USA. KNACKSAT and was successfully launched with Spaceflight’s first fully dedicated rideshare mission, SSO-A SmallSat Express, on December 3rd, 2018. Aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 out of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. 
The first signal was detected on December 04, 2018 (09:04 UTC).