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NTU Singapore, Thales and Thales Alenia Space extend their collaboration in Small Satellites
Published on: 05-Feb-2020

Nanyang Technological University Singapore, Thales in Singapore and Thales Alenia Space, Joint Venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33 %), have signed the extension agreement for the Smart Small Satellite Systems Thales in NTU (S4TIN) joint laboratory. The laboratory was originally signed among the three partners in October 2014, and supported by EDB, the Economic Development Board of Singapore.

With the extension the three partners have agreed to explore unpaved paths, developing the technological enablers of tomorrow - small satellite missions leveraging in the activities already engaged on new materials and devices, manufacturing processes and intelligent control.

S4TIN will also aim to enlarge the areas of cooperation including the novel field of research on geophysics and atmospheric science.

016 President's Technology Award, PTA (TEAM)​

For the outstanding contributions to the advancement of Singapore Space Engineering industry with the launch of TeLEOS-1, Singapore’s first locally-built Earth Observation satellite that provides high resolution imagery and effectively positioning Singapore among the limited high-tech nations with successful ventures in Space. The successful launch and operation of TeLEOS-1, a 1-meter resolution satellite represents a major step forward for Singapore, in entering the commercial satellite league amongst the world players.

ST Electronics (Satellite System)’s multi-disciplinary engineering team has played a major role in the design & development of TeLEOS-1 Satellite System. It benefitted from the generous sharing of satellite engineering knowledge & resources by DSO National Laboratories, and Satellite Research Centre, NTU. It also worked with a capable partner - the Centre For Remote Imaging, Sensing & Processing (CRISP) of NUS - on TeLEOS-1 image reception and processing system to produce high quality image products.

NTU partners Europe’s largest satellite manufacturer THALES


Nanyang Technological University is collaborating with Thales Alenia Space, Europe’s largest satellite manufacturer and Thales teams in Singapore, the only Thales corporate research centre in Asia, to develop innovative concepts and technologies for small satellites.

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Channel 8, 11 Feb 2015, 10pm
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SaRC welcomes Professor Martin France as visiting professor under Fulbright fellowship


The permanent professor and head of the Astronautics Department here will travel to Singapore's Nanyang Technological University in August to teach undergraduate courses and conduct research in Nanyang's Satellite Research Centre.

Col. Marty France was selected as a Fulbright Scholar in March by the U.S. State Department.

"In some ways, I'll be serving the same role to their small satellite program that I do here with FalconSAT," France said. "I'm looking forward to seeing how a university of Nanyang's stature operates firsthand." Dr. Low Kay Soon, director of Nanyang's Satellite Research Centre, said he's likewise looking forward to France's visit. In an invitation letter, Low wrote that France's experience with the design, build, test, launch and operation phases of small satellites and five sounding rockets will offer good lessons for the SaRC's students and faculty.


Nanyang Awards - Teamwork


The VELOX Team is the core team who built the VELOX-PII satellite from conceptual design to its eventual launch on 21 November 2013 with the spacecraft orbiting at 650km above the earth. Majority of the team members have been involved in the project since their undergraduate years, and they continue to contribute through their PhD/Master's study in NTU. The sucess relies on strong teamwork and frequent communication to overcome the numerous technical challenges arising from the multi-disciplinary and complex nature of a satellite.

The accompolishment can be attributed by the grit and vision that the team members shared. Their devotion was demostrated during the numerous enviromental tests of the satellite that sometimes require round the clock attention over an extended period of 40 hours, as well as the daily telemetry and tele-command of the satellite that conclude at 2am in the first month of initial operation. The team has also managed well incoordinating and mentoring undergraduate students from the schools of EEE, MAE, and SCE through various sub-projects to ensure smooth integration into the satellite.

The success of VELOX-PII (the second Singapore-built satellite) demonstrates the University's research and education excellence. VELOX-PII extends the achievement of the first Singapore-built satellite, X-SAT, which is a collaboration project between NTU and DSO National Laboratories. Operating two satellities simultaneously in orbit by the NTU Satellite Research Centre, positions the University as the pioneer in space technology in South East Asia.


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New office to oversee defence projects

16-January-2014 More than 120 oning defence and security projects worth about $130 million will be coordinated from a new office at NTU later this year. In a partnership with the Defence Ministry, the Office of Research and Technology in Defence and Security will look to improving interaction among projects from five research centres at the university. Announcing the office yesterday, NTU president Bertil Andersson said: “We have many collaborations with Mindef and other defence organisations so we wanted to make it more efficient. This method is used by top universities in the world as it allows for an interdisciplinary approach to research, he added. He was at the 10th anniversary of Temasek Laboratories@NTU (TL@NTU) joint research centre set up by NTU and Mindef in 2003. The guest of honour, Second Minister for Defence Chan Chun Sing, noted in his speech the longstanding cooperation between both parties and said he was pleased they were embarking on a "new strategic thrust in defence and security research".

Reaching for the stars

Publisehed on 09-November-2013

HALF a year into building a sun sensor for a picosatellite for her final year project in 2010, Miss Lim Yee Siang was still making little progress. She could not figure out which components were most suitable for her prototype and how to get them to work together properly. Discouraged, she turned to her project supervisor and mentor, Associate Professor Low Kay Soon, for help.

"He encouraged me not to give up. He said it's a plateau phase that everyone will go through,” says Miss Lim, 25, who was then an undergraduate at the School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering in Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

"He even went to the extent of getting his hands dirty by playing with the electronic amplifiers to guide me in finding out the root of the problem systematically. After a period of perseverance, I finally managed to get the circuit working.”

Three years after completing the project, as part of Singapore's first undergraduate satellite programme, the lesson gleaned from the incident - "hard work with persistence is a key ingredient to success" - is still fresh in Miss Lim's mind.

Successful venture into satellite project

Published on 15-March-2013

NTU electrical and electronic student Muhd Dzahir Mohd Zain is part of the team working on a satellite that will be launched soon. He entered the unique Undergraduate Satellite Programme which accepts only 20 students yearly drawn from fourth year engineering students. Muhd Dzahir is the only Malay student who qualified for the programme this year. Since 1999, NTU started a satellite research centre and launched Singapore’s first satellite in 2011. Assoc Prof Low Kay Soon, Director of Satellite Research Centre in NTU, explained that the satellite programme in NTU is unique because undergraduates are given the opportunity to be involved in developing satellites for launch. Prof Low said that the programme’s graduates will be able to join NTU as a satellite researcher or companies which manufacture satellite systems such as ST Electronics (Satellite System).

Up, up and away: NTU soars to new heights in space exploration

Published on 21-Feb-2013

Not long after building Singapore’s first locally-made satellite (X-SAT) and pioneering the country’s first satellite research programme for undergraduates, Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is once again soaring to new heights in space exploration.

NTU is embarking on three new space projects: 
1) It will develop Singapore’s first tropical weather satellite expected to be ready for launch in three years’ time.
2) It will be involved in the building of Singapore’s first commercial satellite. 
3) It will conduct research on the aerodynamics and safety of high altitude vehicles.

"NTU will keep on pushing the frontiers in satellite research. NTU has already shown its satellite capabilities when we launched the X-SAT in 2011. By working with established industry partners like ST Electronics and global aerospace leader Lockheed Martin, we will further accelerate the commercialisation of made-in-NTU satellite technologies," said NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson.

“NTU is also helping to train bright young talent for the industry. From the get-go, our students are given strong exposure to the field under NTU's unique Undergraduate Satellite Programme. Under the guidance of our experienced faculty, they have the chance to build satellites that are slated for actual launch – a clear example of how NTU prepares our students for the real world.”

NTU partners Israel's top university to boost satellite and space research

Published on 11-Feb-2013

Two renowned universities, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore, and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology (Technion), Israel, have teamed up to collaborate in satellite and space research.

The collaboration will allow NTU to expand its satellite research programme with Technion, one of the world's top science and technology research universities and often dubbed “Israel's MIT”. The university is known for producing the majority of leaders in Israel's high-tech companies.

It also comes at a time where both universities have embarked on separate plans to build nano-satellites over the next five years. NTU has a 10-year road map to build four nano-satellites under its VELOX programme, while Technion’s three nano-satellites are slated for launch by 2015 under its Space Autonomous Mission for Swarming and Geolocation with Nanosatellites (SAMSON) mission.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed 10 February 2013, by NTU President, Professor Bertil Andersson, and Technion IIT President, Professor Peretz Lavie at the Technion campus in Haifa, Israel.

First S’pore CanSat was successfully launched!

Published on 01-April -2012

Ten EEE second year students from NTU built and launched the first Singapore CanSat after 10 weeks of team work starting from 11 Jan 2012. They have built the CanSat under the year 2 “Design and Innovation” program. A CanSat is a special form of a miniature satellite packing all the electronics into a standard aluminium can, i.e. the typical drinking CAN. It is an initiative to encourage students to learn the basic idea of satellite technology. The challenge is to incorporate all the sub-systems based on satellite architecture into a CAN and launch it via a launch vehicle such as a rocket or balloon. Moreover, the weight of the CanSat with the payloads must not exceed 400g.

The objective of this project is to build a CanSat and deploy it to an altitude so as to receive relevant information such as air pressure, temperature, longitudinal and latitude coordinates of the descends as well as provide a video recording from a bird’s eye view . For the launch vehicle, the student has assembled a quadcopter, designed a housing and release mechanism that can house the CanSat and release it under command from a remote controller.

The launch was conducted on 30 March 2012 at the NTU football field.

Videos links below:

Hey, Satellite Prof!

Is there life in outer space? Wang Meng Meng chats with Assoc Prof Low Kay Soon, NTU's point man when it comes to building satellites. Slated to be launched into space next year, the Velox-I (Velox is Latin for "swift") will be Singapore's first student-built satellite in orbit.








Student satellite to orbit 2013

Published on 19-September-2011

“The opportunity to learn and interact in a multi-disciplinary environment makes it all worth it."

Seow Wei Lun
Final year student, AY 2011/12
School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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