Singapore: There are opportunities for Singapore in the space industry, observed Sam Tan, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Trade and Industry and Ministry of Information, Communications and the Arts. He was speaking at the Global Space and Technology Convention.
Citing the emergence of Asia as a hub for space-related industries, Tan said, Singapore has a pro-business environment, with a market and technologically-savvy workforce which has helped to draw corporations dealing in space-related services here. These include satellite service providers such as Arianespace, SpotImage and GeoEye. Singapore is also making investments to build a highly-skilled workforce for the fledging space industry here.
Tan added that the Nanyang Technological University has started an undergraduate satellite programme and that there are other institutions here also exploring the possibility of including in their curricula elements of nano-satellite design, fabrication and other space-related topics.
Tan stated, “We have also sought to build up our research capabilities in space-related technologies. This year, we can look forward to the launch of X-Sat, the first experimental satellite built entirely in Singapore.
“It will mark an important milestone in the development of Singapore’s space-related capabilities. The X-Sat will make Singapore one of the first South-east Asian countries to have a locally-built satellite in space.”
In addition, Tan said Singapore was also progressing in its aim to become a leading satellite data research centre in the region. Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing (CRISP) was first in the world to receive 0.5m resolution data from the GeoEye-1 and Worldview 1 & 2 satellites, currently the highest resolution civilian remote sensing satellite images.