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Two new Singapore satellites up in space, designed and built by NTU students

Published on Jul 3, 2014 1:33 PM
 
Director of NTU Satellite Research Centre Assoc Prof Low Kay Soon speaking to some of his students in the project who launched the VELOX-I into space. Singapore now has two new satellites orbiting in space, built by Nanyang Technological University (NTU). -- ST PHOTO: ONG WEE JIN

SINGAPORE- Singapore now has two new satellites orbiting in space, built by Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

The latest satellites, VELOX-I and VELOX-PIII were launched into space on a rocket from India at 12.21pm Singapore time on Monday, said Associate Professor Low Kay Soon, lead researcher of the project at a press briefing on Thursday.

Designed and built by NTU students and researchers at the NTU Satellite Research Centre, the VELOX-I is a nanosatellite which weighs 7kg. VELOX P-III piggybacks on its bigger brother, the VELOX-I, as one unit but will be separated about two months later.

The satellites carry some new sensors built by NTU students. They want to test if these new products can withstand harsh conditions in space so they can be used to build commercial satellites in future. VELOX-I also carries a camera chip designed by the NTU students. This chip is lighter than commercial cameras currently used in space and could reduce the cost of launching a satellite. The cost of launching one goes up with weight, said Prof Low.

 
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