Singapore Space and Technology Association

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Singapore Space and Technology Association
Singapore Space and Technology Association Logo.jpg
Formation22 February 2007
Headquarters318 Tanglin Road (Phoenix Park) #01-37 Singapore 247979

The Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA) is a non-government, non-profit trade association based in Singapore, for fostering the development of Singapore's space technology industry.[1][2][3][4] Recognized by the International Astronautical Federation,[1] SSTA partners and collaborates with space agencies, academic institutions and commercial entities from around the world to organise industry and educational events that help to build up the Singapore space ecosystem.

Advisory Board[edit]

SSTA's Founder-President is Jonathan Hung, and the Advisory Board is composed of representatives of stakeholders in the Singapore space industry.[5]

Current members of the Advisory Board (2018)
Name Position
Prof Lui Pao Chuen (Chairman of the Advisory Board) Advisor, National Research Foundation, Prime Minister's Office
Mr Beh Kian Teik Assistant Managing Director, Economic Development Board
Mr Cheong Chee Hoo Chief Executive Officer, DSO National Laboratories
Prof Dan Hastings Head of Aeronautics and Astronautics Department, MIT
Mr Edwin Chow Assistant Chief Executive Officer, Enterprise Singapore
Mr Harris Chan Chief Technology Officer & Chief Digital Officer, ST Engineering
Mr Kwoh Leong Keong Director, Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing (CRISP)
Mr Tan Boon Khai Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Land Authority
Mr Tan Chee Seng Director, Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) A*STAR
Mr Tang Kum Chuen President, Satellite Systems, ST Engineering Electronics

Satellite launch program[edit]

SSTA-JAXA Kibo launch agreement[edit]

On 15 November 2017, SSTA signed a contract with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)[6] to launch the "SpooQy - 1" CubeSAT developed by the National University of Singapore (NUS) via the Kibo Program onboard the International Space Station. SpooQy-1 will attempt to demonstrate quantum entanglement using a CubeSat in Low Earth Orbit (LEO).[7]

Industry programs[edit]

Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF)[edit]

SSTA co-organizes the regional rotational APRSAF conference with JAXA whenever Singapore plays host to the annual conference. Organising the 18th edition of APRSAF in 2011,[8] SSTA organized the 25th edition of APRSAF in 2018.[9]

Global Space and Technology Conference (GSTC)[edit]

SSTA organizes the Global Space and Technology Conference (GSTC) annually in February [10]

Speakers and Moderators for previous GSTCs have included

SSTA space industry awareness talk[edit]

SSTA works in collaboration with the National Trade Union Council (NTUC) Employment and Employability Institute to organize space exposure talks to bring the space industry to the general public.[12]

Educational outreach programs[edit]

Singapore Space Challenge[edit]

Each year, SSTA organizes the Singapore Space Challenge (SSC) - a national space design competition that challenges student teams to leverage space technology to tackle real world challenges. The competition is Singapore's highest level space competition and is attended by top universities,junior colleges and polytechnics in the region like the Nanyang Technological University, University of Petroleum and Energy Studies, Nanyang Junior College and Singapore Polytechnic.

Asian Try-Zero G Challenge[edit]

SSTA co-ordinates Singaporean submissions for the Asian Try-Zero G Challenge sent to JAXA. In 2016, a Singaporean mission idea was successfully selected and the experiment was performed aboard the International Space Station.[13]


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  2. ^ "October 2017 – World Space Week Singapore". World Space Week. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
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  4. ^ "Singapore companies shoot for the stars as space technology gets more accessible". Channel NewsAsia. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Advisory Board | SSTA". Archived from the original on 21 January 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  6. ^ JAXA. "Kibo Utilization Office for Asia (KUOA) - International Space Station - JAXA". Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  7. ^ "SpooQy-1: Singapore's experimental quantum CubeSat and its Kibo launch | SpaceTech Asia". SpaceTech Asia. 27 November 2017. Archived from the original on 18 June 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  8. ^ Rainey, Kristine (24 November 2015). "Try zero G 2: Igniting the passion of the next generation in Asia". NASA. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  9. ^ "Annual Meetings | APRSAF-25". (in Japanese). Archived from the original on 3 September 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  10. ^ "Asia's Scientific Trailblazers: Rogel Mari Sese". Asian Scientist Magazine | Science, technology and medical news updates from Asia. 18 May 2017. Archived from the original on 29 October 2018. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  11. ^ "Speech by Minister Iswaran at the Global Space and Technology Convention 2018". Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  12. ^ "Space Industry in Singapore|SSTA Space Technology Awareness Talk". Employment and Employability Institute, e2i. 28 June 2017. Retrieved 2 August 2018.
  13. ^ hermes (23 September 2016). "Experimenting on board Kibo". The Straits Times. Archived from the original on 14 November 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2018.