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With Singapore emerging as space technology hub of Southeast Asia, we talk to scientists, inventors and ‘astropreneurs’ in the Lion City

South China Morning Post 19 Nov 2020 With Elon Musk’s SpaceX shuttling Nasa astronauts to the International Space Station and Virgin Galactic planning to begin commercial flights next year, space has never been more accessible. For the business-minded, it’s never had more commercial potential. Around US$3.25 billion was invested in…

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Why It Matters S4 E8 – Why Aim For Space?

Why It Matters S4 – EP8 Why Aim For Space? By CNA Published: 30 Sep 2020 Audio: English The space race is heating up once again – with space superpowers and private companies with deep pockets attempting missions to the Moon and beyond. Enter a new contender – Singapore. What can a…

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When Dreams Take Wing

The Straits Times Hillgrove Secondary student Wang Hao Ming, 17, is fascinated with space and, two years ago, he forked out $800 for a telescope. His schoolmate, Justin Chua, 14, meanwhile, is passionate about aviation – in primary school, he had collected styrofoam model planes. They came close to living…

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The Sky’s The Limit

Channel News Asia, Money Mind Space – only for global superpowers or can others carve a niche ? And, living the high life in CBD. Plus, meet the new teachers – robo-educators. The segment on Global Space and Technology Convention featuring Mr Jean Yves Le Gall of CNES, Mr Minoru…

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The local space industry hopes to attract more professionals

Lianhe Zaobao 本地太空科技业 希望吸引更多专才来自 / 联合早报文 / 李锦松发布 / 2017年10月9日 3:30 AM 新加坡太空与科技协会执行董事陈淑婷指出,不少外国企业近年纷纷在我国设立分公司,探讨在本地制造并发射卫星的可能性,开发卫星运用相关业务……这无疑将带动整个领域,包括对更多技术和非技术专才的需求。她预计,该领域有望在未来五年内取得双位数增长,制造约300个就业机会。 提起太空宇航科技领域,人们一般会联想到太空航行或火箭科技等精深工程,很难想象地小人稀的新加坡也有相关领域。实际上,本地太空科技领域不但聘有超过1000名专才,而且正持续招聘,以应付未来增长。 全国职工总会就业与培训中心(e2i)近期与新加坡太空与科技协会(Singapore Space and Technology Association,SSTA)连办两场讲座,除了提高人们对本地太空科技领域的认识,也希望吸引人才加入。 SSTA执行董事陈淑婷接受《联合早报》访问时指出,随着新科电子(ST Electronics)去年12月发射首个新加坡制造的卫星,并宣布计划制造及发射第二个卫星,本地太空科技及宇航业也逐渐活跃。 两个卫星属于1公吨以下的小型卫星,主要负责进行地球探测与摄像,可用于控制火点以避免烟霾、勘察偏远地区灾害情况以部署救援行动,以及确保海事安全等。 陈淑婷预计,该领域有望在未来五年内取得双位数增长,制造约300个就业机会。她说:“不少外国企业近年纷纷在我国设立分公司,探讨在本地制造并发射卫星的可能性,开发卫星运用相关业务……这无疑将带动整个领域,包括对更多技术和非技术专才的需求。” 本地企业创值科技(Addvalue Technologies)提供卫星通信服务超过20年。据公司首席营运与技术总监陈开邦观察,卫星通信技术已逐渐成熟,有望在不久的将来进一步普及化,甚至取代部分传统的移动通讯系统,进而制造更多商业机会。 他说:“传统通讯系统的覆盖范围较小,而且须在地面装置接收器和信号扩充器,若发生重大水灾或地震造成电流中断,人们便无法与外界通讯……使用卫星通信就没有这样的问题。卫星目前的使用价格与五年前相比下降超过八成,有望在未来进一步普及。” 新加坡经济发展局数据显示,本地太空宇航领域目前有30多家企业,聘有1000多名专业人士,其中有约150人是科学研究员。 陈淑婷指出,提起太空科技,多数人会想到美国国家航空航天局(NASA)及其太空探索工程,认为只有科学家或火箭学研究员才有机会加入这个领域,但其实不然。 她说:“太空与外星探索一般用作研究,我们从事的是卫星通讯或追踪等较具商业价值的工程,技术专才只占领域总人力需求的一小部分,除了软件与系统工程师和数据分析员,我们也需要更多业务开发员和行销专才。” 陈开邦也指出,公司欢迎从未有太空科技或宇航工作经验的员工加入。他说:“造船与海事领域近一两年的表现欠佳,不少该领域的专业人士因公司业务重组而沦为冗员。这群员工的商业经验或许和太空科技无关,但相关公司可从他们身上了解海事领域的卫星通讯需求,进而开拓新商机。” 他补充说:“太空宇航工程历时较长,需要好几年的成熟过渡期,有兴趣加入这个领域的人需有耐性和毅力,并具备创新能力。” e2i上个月中邀来美国空军学院和瑞士太空航天局专家,与本地工程与资讯科技人员分享航天心得。当局上星期五举办的另一场讲座也吸引近100人参加。 一直从事金融与保险业务的林景淮(39岁)是出席者之一。他受访时说:“科技将在不远的未来进一步影响人们的生活,是个充满机遇和令人兴奋的领域。我从事保险工作已有十几二十年,是时候尝试新事物,因此在探讨能如何加入太空科技这个极具潜能的领域。” Link to article

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STEM SKILLS

HRM Asia “It would be unrealistic to expect all facets of STEM to be encompassed in a single talent. A mathematician may not make a good engineer; an engineer may not make a good scientist” – Lynette Tan, Director, Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA) Link to article

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SSTL To Bolster SG’s Space Tech Capabilities

Deal Street Asia, 6 Feb 2020 Singapore Space and Technology Limited (SSTL) has officially been launched to develop the country’s space and related high technology industries, according to an announcement. As a neutral platform, SSTL aims to provide information and communication for industry, government and academia. “As the Singapore space…

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SSTL Team: Toh Bao Yi

(GSTC) was exhausting and stressful especially with all the preparation. Nevertheless, I am grateful as I learnt how a successful event is planned and organised. Toh Bao Yi August 2020   And of course, the team would not be half as organised as we are without the valuable team player…

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SSTL Team: Gillian Chin

My favourite moment was probably going to Washington to be a part of IAC 2019. It really put into perspective how Singapore fits into the greater space ecosystem. GIllian Chin June 2020  The second team member to be in the spotlight is our Coordinator of Education Programmes, Gillian Chin. She…

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SSTL Team: Deronn Len

(GSTC) was exhausting and stressful especially with all the preparation. Nevertheless, I am grateful as I learnt how a successful event is planned and organised. Toh Bao Yi August 2020 And of course, the team would not be half as organised as we are without the valuable team player that…

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SSTL Team: Davis Zheng

June 2020   It’s time to introduce the members who’ll be contributing behind-the-scenes. First, the elusive cyber-warrior, Davis Zheng. After being with us for 2 years, he’ll be leaving in July to serve the nation. So, let’s take a walk down memory lane!   How did you come about joining…

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SSTL: Space Tech Companies Worldwide Compete in International Challenge to Improve Flood Risks in the Region

Financial Times, 29 May 2020 SINGAPORE, May 29, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Singapore Space and Technology Limited (SSTL) is pleased to announce its collaboration with the World Bank Group for the Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Challenge. This challenge supports the Southeast Asia Disaster Risk Insurance Facility (SEADRIF), which has developed a regional catastrophe risk pool for flood risks…

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SSTA President Outlines Singapore Space Initiatives

Via Satellite SSTA President Outlines Singapore Space InitiativesBy Mark Holmes | June 21, 2010[Satellite News 06-21-10] The Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA) will play a key role in advancing satellite technology in one of Asia’s most media savvy markets. One of the key challenges for the SSTA is to…

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SSC 2020 Results

Congratulations to this year’s HADR Challenge winners! We will be in touch with the respective teams to follow up with more details. In the meantime, should you have any queries, please contact Ms. Gillian Chin at gillian.chin@space.org.sg Grand Prize TEAM VEGA Temasek Polytechnic Runner Up TEAM MEAN MACHINE Singapore Polytechnic

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SSC 2020: A chat with winning team

We had a brief chat with our winners from SSC 2018, Team T0X1C V4P0R – ‘T0X1C V4P0R’ is made up of five participants who graduated from Hwa Chong Institution (HCI) previously. Having to serve National Service did not deter their interest in the challenge, and despite time constraints, we congratulate…

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SSC 2019 Results

Congratulations to this year’s HADR Challenge winners! We will be in touch with the respective teams to follow up with more details. In the meantime, should you have any queries, please contact Ms. Gillian Chin at gillian.chin@space.org.sg Grand Prize TEAM VEGA Temasek Polytechnic Runner Up TEAM MEAN MACHINE Singapore Polytechnic

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S’pore firm set to launch 2nd satellite by 2020

The Straits Times ST Electronics staff getting info on what potential clients want before starting designJermyn Chow After launching its first commercial earth observation satellite two months ago, home-grown defence manufacturer Singapore Technologies (ST) Electronics has set its sights on the next one. Its engineers and planners are now getting…

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Space ambition finds impetus in data supremacy

The Edge Singapore Space ambitions find impetus in data supremacy Trinity Chua 9/08/2018, 10:09pm SINGAPORE (Aug 6): When Lynette Tan was growing up, working in the space industry was a crazy proposition — the closest thing would likely have been to look through the telescopes on sale at the Singapore…

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