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NTU, Thales team up to create new satellite technologies

Posted: 12 Feb 2015 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:S4TIN? nanosatellite? microsatellite?

Chuan added that SaRC-II and S4TIN would support the growth of Singapore's satellite sector.

"We are pleased that Thales is deepening its partnership with Singapore through establishing S4TIN with NTU and setting up its first Space CoE in Asia. NTU's Satellite Research Centre and Thales' efforts to build expertise and talent in small satellite technologies aligns well with EDB's goal of building Singapore to become a regional leader in this sector."

Management of S4TIN

S4TIN will be co-directed by Assoc Prof Low Kay Soon, centre director of NTU's Satellite Research Centre; Jose-Maria Gonzalez Asenjo from Thales Alenia Space, who is assisted by Dr Erick Lansard, CTO & Vice President Space Development from Thales in Singapore.

Landsard is also the Director of Thales Research & Technology Singapore's Space Centre of Excellence, whose engineers will be working at the new joint lab.

These Thales engineers will contribute their expertise in RF transceivers, photonics, sensor signal processing and complex system simulation. The Space Centre of Excellence aims to further develop competency in mission analysis and simulation, and satellite engineering, as well as facilitate the translation of research outcomes into future products.

The new joint lab will leverage the NTU Satellite Research Centre, which has more than 40 researchers, staff and students. It is also expected to benefit from the interaction and synergy offered by NTU's faculty, researchers and engineering schools.

As a demonstration of its commitment for excellent satellite research facilities, NTU also officially launched its Satellite Research Centre II (SaRC-II), which houses state-of-the-art satellite communications and research equipment.


The flight model of NTU’s upcoming VELOX-II student-built experimental communications satellite was showcased at the opening of the Thales-NTU joint lab, held at NTU’s new Satellite Research Centre II. (Source: NTU)

NTU is now building VELOX-CI, Singapore's first climate satellite and VELOX-II, an experimental communication satellite, both of which are in their advanced stage of development. This will bring the total number of NTU-made satellites in space to six, in addition to the four already orbiting Earth.

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