International Institute of Space Technology for Economic Development

King Mongkut's University of Technology North Bangkok


This project generally aims to improve capacity building in Thailand in the space technology field. The main purpose of this project is to develop a nano-satellite with the capability of carrying multi-payloads that can be operated in orbit. This nano-satellite is named “KNACKSAT-2”, which is the next generation of its predecessor 1U satellite “KNACKSAT-1.” KNACKSAT-2 is a 3U satellite and its mission is to carry 10 payloads and verify each payload’s functionality in the low-earth orbit (LEO). The satellite is designed and developed by INSTED and NBSPACE with the supervision of KYUTECH. Each payload is separately developed to meet different stakeholders’ requirements with the given constraints and consultations of INSTED and NBSPACE. All the payloads are assembled, integrated, and tested by NBSPACE. KYUTECH and NBSPACE are carrying out all the necessary tests and reviews prior to launch. While the satellite is in orbit, KMUTNB will be operating the satellite and each payload using the ground station in Thailand. The in-orbit verification of this 3U satellite is an important step for Thailand to acquire the multi-payload capability and future ride-sharing platforms.


General Information

Project Owner: INSTED
Project Superviso r: KYUTECH
Satellite Name: KNACKSAT-2
Size: 3U
Purpose: Capacity building in nanosatellite technology
Function: Multi-payload cubesat platform (MPCP) for
on-orbit verification
Payloads: 6-10
Orbit: Low-Earth Orbit (LEO)
Ground Station: KMUTNB, Thailand
Country Owner and Operation: Thailand
Expected Launch Date: Q3, 2024 
Expected Deployment Date: Q3 - Q4, 2024