Past Editions

Challenge

In 2018 a hydroelectric dam under construction in Laos’s Champasak Province collapsed leading to widespread destruction and homelessness among the local population.

Participants were tasked to formulate innovative solutions with regards to communications or geolocation that could aid HADR relief efforts.

GSTC Showcase

Guest-Of-Honour Ms Indranee Rajah (Prime Minister’s Office, Second Minister for Finance and Second Minister for Education) together with Team Beluga (Winner), Team SudoX, Team AXIS and Mr Alistair Cook (RSiS), Maj Seloterio Euan Izmal (SCDF), Mr Sascha Hapke (Airbus), Mr Jonathan Hung (SSTA), Ms Lynette Tan (SSTA), and Maj Eddie Siak (RHCC)

Airbus Facility Visit

Winners Team Beluga (Temasek Polytechnic) with Mr Sascha Hapke (Airbus, Head of Defence and Space Southeast Asia) at the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France

Pitching Session

Judges (from left) Mr Alistair Cook (RSiS); LTC Chew Keng Tok (SCDF); Mr Sascha Hapke (Airbus); MAJ Eddie Siak (RHCC); Ms Lynette Tan (SSTA)

In the News

Team Beluga and their winning solution, The SOS Phone, featured in Lianhe Zaobao. Click here to read the article.

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Interview with Team Beluga

1. Throughout the course of the HADR challenge, what was your biggest takeaway? 

Jonathan: The biggest takeaway was being able to expose me with satellite technology like the Airbus Zephyr. Upon knowing the capability of this satellite, and utilizing knowledge gained from challenges, we were able to implement features on our HADR product.

Hana: My biggest take away was the experience to take part in a space convention and being able to interact with business people and people who are passionate and interested in our ideas as well as having the opportunity to visit Airbus Toulouse. 

2. Would you say that the HADR challenge provides a good opportunity for exposure to the possibilities of satellite technology? If yes, how so? 

Jonathan: Definitely, this challenge provided me with knowledge of the satellite that I am required to work on for the challenge. It also exposed me to thinking about how satellite technology not only can be used to improve the way of living but also saving lives in times of disaster. Some people might think space technology doesn’t really benefits us on earth, but in fact that space technology evolve in our day to day life from internet to detection of an impending disaster.

Hana: Yes, as we needed to do some deep research on the Airbus Zephyr in order to propose our solution to meet the standards of the “drone satellite” which made us think about the factors to elimate or add into our product to help rescue people in need during a disaster.¬†

3. Who/What would you say is the most interesting person/encounter you met, from your trip to Airbus?

Jonathan: The most interesting encounter I had on the trip was the culture in Airbus, Toulouse. The culture in Airbus-Toulouse due to the many nationalities working under one roof. Embracing different cultures and seeing how it works in the union to make such a great company environment and spirit. 

Hana: Everyone there. Each one of them has so much passion and goodwill for the love of space and their satellites. We were able to ask lots of questions even if they were not working in that particular field and we were still able to recieve very detailed and elaborated answers. 

4. How has this experience benefited you? 

Jonathan: The experience throughout the HADR challenge has benefited me in many ways. It allowed me to revisit the knowledge I have harnessed in school as well as from my research on satellite technology. It allowed me to have a deeper understanding of satellite technology and how it benefits us in many different ways. 

Hana: I was given a wonderful opportunity to experience, learn and understand something that only comes once in a lifetime and I am very grateful for that. 

5. Would you encourage others to join this programme? Why?

Jonathan:¬†I would definitely encourage those who love to challenge themselves and are willing to immerse themselves in the beauty of satellite technology. Through this challenge, you will definitely have a deeper understanding of satellite technology as well as the needs of innovation HADR product. You don’t just learn the concept but applying it in real-life situations.

Hana: Yes, I believe everyone can learn and grow by facing some challenges and finding a solution to solve it. Along the way you may find some unexpected findings. It doesn’t hurt to try, who knows maybe one day you can come up with a revolutionary idea that could change and benefit the world.¬†

GSTC Showcase

HADR Winners Julian Kang, Goh Qian Zhe and Pan Zi Yue with MAJ Eddie Siak (RHCC), Ms Lynette Tan (SSTA), Prof Lui Pao Chuen (National Research Foundation, SSTA), Mr Johan Pelissier (Airbus), Guest-Of-Honour Ms Low Yen Ling (Parliamentary Secretary for the Ministry of Social and Family Development), Mr Jonathan Hung (SSTA), SLTC Lim Kok Kheng (RHCC), Mr Terence Chan (SSTA), Mr Sascha Hapke (Airbus)

Airbus Facility Visit

Winners  Julian Kang, Pan Zi Yue and Goh Qian Zhe visiting the Airbus Facility in Toulouse, France

Pitching Session

Judges (from left) Mr Alistair Cook (RSiS); LTC Chew Keng Tok (SCDF); Mr Sascha Hapke (Airbus); MAJ Eddie Siak (RHCC); Ms Lynette Tan (SSTA)

In the News

Winners Pan Zi Yue, Goh Qian Zhe and Julian Kang featured in the Straits Times. Click here to read the article.

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