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Singapore Space and Technology Ltd
Angkasa dan Teknologi Singapura Ltd (Malay)

சிங்கப்பூர் விண்வெளி மற்றும் தொழில்நுட்ப லிமிடெட் (Tamil)

新加坡航天科技有限公司 (Chinese)
Singapore Space and Technology Association Logo.jpg
Agency overview
AbbreviationSSTL
Formed22 February 2007; 15 years ago (2007-02-22)
TypeSpace agency
Headquarters318 Tanglin Road (Phoenix Park), #01-39, Singapore 247979
Websitehttps://www.space.org.sg/

Singapore Space and Technology Ltd (SSTL) is a non-government space organisation based in Singapore, serving as an advocate and thought leader within the aerospace industry.[1][2][3][4]

It was previously registered as the Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA) until 2020. The rebrand was announced via Facebook post on 15th June.[5]

Recognised by the International Astronautical Federation,[1] SSTL's stated mission is to harness and advance space technologies "to benefit people, enterprises and the planet. [It] connects the different players in the region's growing space sector to government agencies in the region, B2B and B2C technology companies and non-government organisations. The focus is to accelerate the adoption and commercialisation of space-related innovations, and to cultivate space talent ahead of the curve."

Advisory Council

The current chairman is Jonathan Hung, and the Advisory Council is composed of representatives of stakeholders in the Singapore space industry.[6]

Members of the Advisory Council (2021)
Name Position
Lui Pao Chuen (Chairman of the Advisory Board) Advisor, National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office
Cheong Chee Hoo Chief Executive Officer, DSO National Laboratories
Dan Hastings Head of Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, MIT
Edwin Chow Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Singapore
Kwoh Leong Keong Director, Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing (CRISP)
Tan Boon Khai Chief Executive Officer, JTC Corporation

Satellite launch program and experiment facilities

SSTL-JAXA Kibo launch agreement

On 15th November 2017, SSTL signed a contract with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)[7] to launch the "SpooQy - 1" CubeSAT developed by the National University of Singapore (NUS) via the Kibo Program on board the International Space Station. SpooQy-1 will attempt to demonstrate quantum entanglement using a CubeSat in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).[8]

SSTL is also Singapore’s sole administrator for the utilisation of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) on the International Space Station (ISS) for education and technical development. JEM, also known as Kibo (the Japanese word for “hope”) is the Japanese science module of the ISS and the largest ISS module.

A wide variety of scientific, medical, and educational experiments are conducted on the JEM. These include experiments to be conducted by Japanese astronauts of in-orbit testing of new technologies in actual space environments, as well as launching of CubeSats and microsats.

Industry programs

Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF)

SSTL co-organizes the regional rotational APRSAF conference with JAXA whenever Singapore plays host to the annual conference. Organising the 18th edition of APRSAF in 2011,[9] SSTA organized the 25th edition of APRSAF in 2018.[10]

Global Space and Technology Conference (GSTC)

SSTL organizes the Global Space and Technology Conference (GSTC) annually in February.[11] The GSTC is the Asia's premier space and technology event, facilitating trade and regional collaboration for space and satellite businesses.

Speakers and Moderators for previous GSTCs have included:

SSTL Space Industry Awareness Talk

SSTL works in collaboration with the National Trade Union Council (NTUC) Employment and Employability Institute to organize space exposure talks to bring the space industry to the general public.[13]

Educational programs and outreach

International Space Challenge

Each year, SSTL organizes the International Space Challenge (ISC)[14] - an international space design competition that challenges student teams to leverage space technology to tackle real world challenges. It connects young minds across the globe with industry experts, to nurture interest in space technology and its applications., as well as to find new solutions and create a pathway for future commercialisation of these ideas.

Started in 2007 as the Singapore Space Challenge (SSC), it was a national space design competition to challenge student teams to leverage space technology.[15] Since then, it has become a landmark platform with global reach. The SSC rebranded as the International Space Challenge (ISC) in 2021 with the aim of increasing diversity and to generate more accreditation from global organisations. Over 2000 youths have come through the doors of the challenge, drawing interest from over 20 countries around the world.

Held annually, the challenge calls for youths to work in teams to solve problems developed closely with the industry. From there they will derive theoretical models, design prototypes, and create simulations of their creative solutions. During the challenge, they will receive mentorship from industry and subject matter experts, and gain access to technical tools to help them complete their proposal. Final entries are reviewed and judged by esteemed technical leaders from around the world. To date, youths have created solutions for ‘Designing a Lunar Rover’, ‘Solution for Space Debris’, ‘Design a satellite system for disaster mapping’.

Asian Try-Zero G Challenge

SSTL co-ordinates Singaporean submissions for the Asian Try-Zero G Challenge sent to JAXA. In 2016, a Singaporean mission idea was successfully selected and the experiment was performed aboard the International Space Station.[16]

Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief Challenge

Across the world, countries have recognized the need of utilizing remote sensing satellite technologies as a critical tool in real-time disaster management. SSTL launched the HADR (Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief) challenge,[17] to stimulate and tap into the creativity of companies, start-ups, research groups or even students and identify new and translatable solutions to complex problems of coordination and technology usage within the context of HADR.

Current and previous participating organisations have included World Bank, GISTDA, and National University of Singapore to name a few.

Satellite Foundation Course

Intended to teach participants aged 18 years and above the basics of building a nanosatellite.

Venture building programmes

Space Accelerator Programme

In 2020, SSTL launched its first ever space-based accelerator programme[18] in Singapore to provide specialised support for space tech startups in this niche sector. The accelerator programme is supported by Enterprise Singapore (ESG). Through the programme, SSTL works with local and international startups of varying maturity levels from pre-seed up to Series B, who are working on space hardware products and services. It currently has over 30 international and local startups in its program.

Project Cyclotron

SSTL has also partnered with Cap Vista on a specialised track called Project Cyclotron,[19] which supports early-stage high-risk space hardware startups that are developing deep technologies.

References

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