A Satellite That Can Remain in Space Twice as Long as Usual
The Aoba VELOX-III is Singapore’s first to be launched from the International Space Station.
January 2017 marked the first time a Singapore satellite was launched from the International Space Station. The seventh satellite to be developed by NTU’s Satellite Research Centre, the Aoba VELOX- III is the result of a collaboration between NTU and Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech). The 2kg micro-satellite was shot into orbit where it remained for six months conducting tests to evaluate the durability of commercial off-the- shelf microprocessors in space, including a micro- propulsion system, consumer-grade electronic components and a wireless communication system. Microthrusters enabled the microsatellite to remain in space twice as long as usual.
- Longer satellite orbit period for future tests
- Small and manoeuvrable satellites used as space probes in future
“Building up the local satellite talent pool and developing disruptive technologies like the micro-thruster in the Aoba Velox-III are important for Singapore's budding space industry.”
Mr Lim Wee Seng,
Director of the NTU Satellite Research Centre
A second joint satellite project under the Kyutech-NTU programme has been scheduled for launch in 2018. Future launches could see smaller, manoeuvrable satellites used as space probes. A possible future development is the use of small, manoeuvrable satellites for lunar missions lasting at least six months.