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

Two new Singapore satellites up in space, designed and built by NTU students
Associate Professor Low Kay Soon (C), Director of NTU’s Satellite Research Centre, with some of his students who built the VELOX-I.

SINGAPORE - 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.

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Here is the statement from Nanyang Technological University:

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

The nation's latest satellites, VELOX-I and VELOX-PIII, were launched into space on India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle PSLV C-23 at 9.52 am (12.21 pm Singapore time), on Monday, 30 June 2014.

Designed and built by students and researchers at the NTU Satellite Research Centre, the VELOX-I is a nano-satellite, which weighs a total of 4.28kg. VELOX-PIII piggy-backs on its bigger "brother" as one unit but they will be separated in the later part of this experiment.

Both satellites are flying 650 kilometres above the Earth, on an orbital plane that has a fixed orientation with the sun, known as a sun-synchronous low-Earth-orbit.

Launched from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, India, the NTU duo was one of five mission satellites loaded on the space rocket owned by the Indian Space Research Organisation.

NTU has also built a new, state-of-the-art Mission Control Centre that will be the hub of operations for the NTU satellites. Located at NTU's Research Techno Plaza, the new 105m2 control centre, which has advanced satellite communication and computer systems, had earlier received confirmation from VELOX-I during its first ground pass that all its systems were functioning well. The solar panels, the communication antennas, and the camera optics have been deployed successfully.

The other two NTU-built satellites currently operating in space are:

1. X-SAT, Singapore's first locally built satellite launched in April 2011. The fridge-sized micro-satellite weighing 105kg is built by NTU and DSO National Laboratories

2. VELOX-PII, an NTU student-built pico-satellite satellite launched in November last year. It is the size of a 10cm cubic box weighing 1.3kg

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