On February 21, 2013, ST (Singapore Technologies) Electronics Limited announced that their subsidiary, ST Electronics Pte Ltd has commenced with the development of the first commercial satellite. The commercial satellite is called TeLEOS-1. It is expected that the commercial satellite will be launched in 2015. This goes to show that the space industry of Singapore is growing.
If you want to know more about its details, you should read further:
- Makers: ST Electronics Pte Ltd is only the manufacturer but it will be the Antrix Corporation who will launch the first commercial satellite. TeLEOS-1 will board Antrix Corp’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle under a contract.
- Features: According to ST Electronics, the satellite weighs 400 kilograms. TeLEOS-1 is created and designed to revolve around the equator with a height of 550 kilometres. Its update rate is set to ninety minutes. It will deliver satellite images.
- Applications: TeLEOS-1 should not be underestimated or ignored. Its applications are broad from monitoring disasters and environment to homeland security and urban planning. It can also be used for mineral exploration and maritime observation.
- Business Side: ST Electronics developed the satellite to tap into the growing business of space industry. ST Electronics simply wants to propagate its capability in the creation, development and manufacturing of progressive observation satellites. The marketing and the sales side will be handled by ST Electronics.
This new undertaking excites everybody. ST Electronics is positive about this especially that they are the first company that designs and produces satellite here in Singapore. The launching of TeLEOS-1 is anticipated by all.