Apiwat Jirawattanaphol


Talk Title:

Update of the BIRDS Ground Station Network and BIRDS GS Operation Workshop


BIRDS ground station network (GSN) is a part of BIRDS satellite project, which is an educational program to assist the capacity building for emerging space programs in developing countries facilitated at Kyushu Institute of Technology. BIRDS GSN was established in 2015 to support missions of BIRDS CubeSats constellation and other small satellites operating on VHF/UHF frequency. BIRDS GSN has 15 member countries with ground stations installed in each country across the world connected by internet. This network of ground station increases the time resolution with the satellites and helps BIRDS-3 satellites to reduce the download time of each image. Moreover, Kyutech organized the GS Operation Workshop in January 2018 and 2019 to provided lectures on satellite communication and training on GS installation. A representative from each country was invited to share their experience and recommendations for future operations in the workshop. This presentation will present the status of BIRDS ground station network and report of BIRDS GS Operation Workshop.


Graduated with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electronics and Electrical Communication Engineering at King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT), Thailand and completed Master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering at King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok (KMUTNB) where he participated in KNACKSAT project, the first entirely build satellite inside Thailand. Also, he graduated Master’s degree in space systems engineering at Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech). He is currently in his third year of Ph.D in Kyutech. Apiwat has previously worked on the BIRDS-1 project and SPATIUM-I project as technical coordinator taking care of several satellite ground stations across the world. He currently manages the BIRDS GSN in 15 member countries and organizes BIRDS GS Workshop annually at Kyutech. He is an active member of amateur radio community holding licenses of three countries; Japan, Thailand and USA.