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Singapore to launch first commercial satellite TeLEOS-1 with ISRO’s help

Singapore, Feb 10 (): A senior official said that a Singaporean earth observation satellite will be launched with an Indian Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) next year.

The TeLEOS-1 would be the first commercial project of Singapore on Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) PSLV, launching the satellite at the near equatorial orbit for taking images for maritime security and shipping, Mah How Teck, Vice President for Market Development at Singapore Technologies Electronics Ltd told.

An official statement from ISRO said Antrix Corporation Limited, the commercial arm of ISRO, has signed agreements with a Singapore agency, Singapore Technologies Electronics Ltd and a British firm January 29 for launching satellites from UK and Singapore on-board ISRO’s work-horse Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The statement further added that India will launch four foreign satellites in 2014-15 in the Earth’s lower.

Built by ST Electronics, TeLEOS-1 is a 400-kg satellite fitted with an electro-optical camera capable of capturing images at ground resolution of one metre, Mah said. The satellite would be launched by PSLV into space at 550-km above the Earth at a low inclination in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Mah said that once in orbit, the earth observation satellite will circle the equator and capture high-resolution images that can be sold commercially for use. The satellite would be suitable for applications such as disaster and environment monitoring, maritime safety, urban planning and homeland security. The exclusive Near Equatorial Orbit permits frequent return to areas of interest in equatorial areas at approximately 96-minute intervals, delivering high data availability and responsiveness.

To grow the space industry, the Singapore government has set up a S$90 million Satellite Industry Development Fund in the 2013 Budget. Singapore is currently supporting 11 projects with a total budget of close to S$12 million.

The fund supports industry development efforts and public-private partnerships in research and development (R&D) to build up Singapore’s satellite capabilities.