Singapore nanosatellite goes into orbit

It will conduct tests that may help unlock quantum communications market worth $20b in next decade

Left: Dr Robert Bedington with a partially assembled SpooQy-1 at the Centre for Quantum Technologies. Above: A live feed from the International Space Station, beamed to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, of SpooQy-1 being deployed into orbit thi
A live feed from the International Space Station, beamed to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, of SpooQy-1 being deployed into orbit this week. PHOTOS: CENTRE FOR QUANTUM TECHNOLOGIES AT THE NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE, JAPAN AEROSPACE EXPLORATION AGENCY

A nanosatellite, developed by a team of Singapore researchers looking for a breakthrough in cyber security and data encryption, has been put into orbit.

Slightly smaller than a shoebox, SpooQy-1 was launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa) to the International Space Station (ISS) in April, and then deployed into orbit on Monday.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 19, 2019, with the headline 'Singapore nanosatellite goes into orbit'. Subscribe