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Singapore sets her eyes on the sky and beyond

Zafar Anjum | Feb. 22, 2013
The tiny country is taking a giant leap: announces plans to develop satellite and space technology industry

He also said that the OSTIn will provide incentives and interested companies could tap on funds from the new office. This office will also "champion the build-up of local public research capabilities and talent pool in the industry".

The government is already supporting two R&D projects at Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and the National University of Singapore to stimulate the country's public satellite capabilities.

It was also reported that Singapore Technologies Electronics (ST Electronics) has announced its subsidiary ST Electronics (Satellite Systems) is developing the first made-in-Singapore commercial remote sensing satellite, TeLEOS-1, targeted for a 2015 launch. Set up in 2011, ST Electronics (Satellite Systems) is a joint venture of ST Electronics, NTU and DSO National Laboratories.

Satellite technology development in Singapore

According to EDB, many global companies are already working to develop space technologies in Singapore. For example, major global players such as DigitalGlobe, GeoEye and Spot Image have established a presence in Singapore to distribute images and manage their regional businesses.

In addition, the National University of Singapore's (NUS) Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing (CRISP) is involved in conducting research in areas like Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and multi and hyper-spectral data analysis. Its expertise is applied in areas such as urban planning, maritime and coastal observation, climate-change studies, disaster monitoring and agriculture.

Singapore is also home to a number of satellite operators and communication service providers who manage their regional businesses from Singapore such as Inmarsat, Thuraya, Intelsat, SES and SingTel.

Satellite components is another area of potential growth. Space-based equipment manufacturers looking to develop satellite components, sensor systems and materials could work with Singapore's public research institutes. For example Singapore's research institutes such as the Data Storage Institute (DSI) and Institute of Microelectronics (IME), have good expertise in memory systems, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) and power amplifiers. Companies can work with DSI and IME to develop MEMS based non-volatile memory systems or high-frequency power amplifiers for space, said EDB in its report.

Satellite integration and satellite-based services could also be areas of growth. For example, Singapore's Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing (CRISP) has been conducting SAR, and multi and hyper-spectral data analysis. Other research institutes with expertise in application developments in signal processing and data management and analytics include the Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) as well as the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC).

 

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