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Southeast Asia's space race chases wins in tourism, communications

Thailand plans smart-farming as Vietnam eyes tourist spaceport

BANGKOK/LABUAN BAJO, Indonesia -- A new space race is heating up in Southeast Asia, with Thailand and Vietnam pursuing business opportunities in communications satellites and space tourism.

Thailand's Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) plans to launch an industrial satellite from India in August that it jointly developed with the U.K. The project marks the first time Thailand has played a central role in the development of a satellite.

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