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Singapore's leap into the space industry

Published on Feb 21, 2013 10:00 AM
Photograph taken of Singapore’s mainland and surrounding islands, from an altitude of 800km. The red areas indicates vegetation while the green areas represent bodies of water. The photograph was taken by the micro-satellite X-Sat, Singapore’s first locally built satellite. Now orbiting in space, it may help scientists understand the effect that environmental changes have on the island. The micro-satellite started beaming live images of Tuas in Singapore’s west on 7 May 2011, 17 days after it blasted off into space from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in India. -- FILE PHOTO: NTU

Satellites that transmit weather data and television programmes and help people find their way with GPS could one day be made in Singapore, and the data analysed here too.

Singapore is taking formal steps to build its space-satellite industry by setting up the Office for Space Technology and Industry (OSTin). This is an Economic Development Board programme that comprises multiple Government agencies.

The new office was announced by Second Minister for Trade and Industry S. Iswaran at the annual Global Space Technology Convention on Thursday.

Space, he said, attracts the interest of science and engineering students. And the industry's growth will spill over to other fields like precision engineering and electronics.

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