Could Singapore Become the Next Spacetech Hub?

Associate Professor Law Kay Soon, research engineer Chin Shi Tong, NTU undergraduate A Saravanan, and PhD student Charlie Soon at the NTU Mission Control Room, where X-Sat satellite operations are controlled daily. Photo: National Singapore University.

Associate Professor Law Kay Soon, research engineer Chin Shi Tong, NTU undergraduate A Saravanan, and PhD student Charlie Soon at the NTU Mission Control Room, where X-Sat satellite operations are controlled daily. Photo: National Singapore University.

According to Kay Soon Low, director of the Satellite Technology and Research Center (STAR) at the National University Singapore, interest in satellite technology has exploded in recent years — particularly after the launch of Singapore’s X-Sat in 2011. While the country’s space industry is still relatively young, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) veterans are nurturing the next generation of engineers to fuel the economy of space in the region.

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