New made-in-NTU satellite technologies pass space tests

  • By Nanyang Technological University
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The University is ready to design satellites with customised payloads for industry partners

The two new satellites launched by Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) two months ago have successfully completed their first space missions.

Experiments in space conducted by the two new satellites have proven the commercial viability of several new made-in-Singapore satellite technologies.

These new technologies include a space navigation system, precise and fast-locking GPS receivers and radiation resistant hardware.

The two newest NTU satellites are the VELOX-CI – Singapore’s first climate monitoring satellite; and VELOX-II, the world’s first small satellite which carries a “communication-on-demand” technology which can send data back to NTU anytime and anywhere in space.

With the two successful satellites completing their primary missions, NTU now has six satellites out in space, demonstrating the University’s ability to design, build and operate small satellite systems.

The NTU team is now ready to take on more commercial satellite payloads from companies and industry partners.

NTU Provost Professor Freddy Boey said the continued success of NTU’s satellite programme reinforces the university’s reputation for having strong multi-disciplinary research capabilities and applied engineering expertise.

“NTU’s expertise in satellite technology has grown rapidly since we built and launched X-SAT, Singapore’s first locally built satellite in 2011. In just a few years we have proven that NTU has what it takes to play a major role in supporting Singapore’s leap into the space industry,” said Prof Boey.

“We are among the very few universities in the world to have designed and successfully operated six satellites in space. With this track record, we can now offer our satellite building expertise to international and Singapore companies that are hoping to develop innovative space products for the global market.”

One such successful industry partnership is by VELOX-II, which carries a communication payload built by Singapore company Addvalue Innovation Pte Ltd.

Credit: Nanyang Technological University