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Mar 14 2023
In the Spotlight

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Thales Alenia Space has a very busy upcoming schedule in Singapore, with the French-Italian joint venture first attending the Global Space Technology Convention (GSTC) from February 11 to 12, then the Singapore Airshow from February 16 to 21.

Singapore’s aerospace sector is booming! The nation-state has invested heavily in its aerospace industry, which now has nearly 1,000 employees in the region, and another 300 could be added soon. There is strong local demand for both satellite telecommunications and dual (civil/military) Earth observation systems. For example, India recently launched six microsatellites for Singapore.

Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Thales Singapore and Thales Alenia Space teamed up in 2015 to jointly develop new concepts for tomorrow’s micro and nano-satellite systems, in partnership with local industry. This alliance has also led to the creation of a new laboratory, S4TIN (Smart Small Satellite Systems – Thales in NTU).

A full-fledged partner in the dynamic growth of Singapore’s aerospace sector, Thales Alenia Space will showcase its latest technologies at the Singapore Airshow, concerning in particular satellite navigation and very-high-resolution optical and radar observation systems. Also in the spotlight is  Stratobus, a high-altitude pseudo-satellite (HAPS) midway between a drone and a satellite. An autonomous, multi-mission stratospheric airship, Stratobus offers regional coverage that could meet Singapore’s need for maritime surveillance in particular.  Obviously, it does not need a launcher to position it in the stratosphere at an altitude of about 20 kilometers. Stratobus is a perfect fit with Singapore’s economic development model, largely focused on new technologies and sustainable development.