Singapore's space sector is on a mission for funds and talent

This is the eighth of 12 primers on current affairs issues under the news outreach programme by The Straits Times and the Ministry of Education.

Equatorial Space chief executive officer Simon Gwozdz (far right) and his colleagues launched their technology demonstrator rocket over Perak, Malaysia. PHOTO: EQUATORIAL SPACE

Mr Shanmugam Surya's fascination for the cosmos started in polytechnic, when he watched a documentary about the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union.

He was inspired by German-American rocket engineer Wernher von Braun, who led the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) in its mission to land on the moon.

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