Smart Small Satellite Systems Thales in NTU (S4TIN)

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The School of Electrical & Electronic Engineering of Nanyang Technological University, Thales Alenia Space, Europe’s largest satellite manufacturer, and Thales Solution Asia , hosting in Singapore the sole Thales corporate Research Centre in Asia, team up to develop innovative concepts and technologies for small satellites systems.

The partnership aims to leverage the rapidly growing nanosatellite and microsatellite segments of the global satellite industry which usually refers to satellites less than 100 kg. The partners set up a joint research laboratory in NTU named S4TIN, short for Smart Small Satellite Systems - Thales In NTU. The lab brings together the world-renowned heritage of Thales Alenia Space in satellite systems, NTU’s pioneering research in small satellite platforms and technologies, and the local research and technology capabilities of Thales in Singapore.

S4TIN supports the development of new flight-proven technologies for the micro/nano-satellite market. These technologies will first enable the development of prototypes and mission demonstrators and will become, in the future, basis of operational missions.

The activities of S4TIN today, supported from Institutional Funds, are related to the development of a small and robust infrared camera, able to detect changes in the climate from space, new technologies for Synthetic Aperture Radar satellites and a joint research programme to study the use of satellite technology for maritime security.

The S4TIN joint lab was launched on 11 February 2015 by Mr Yeoh Keat Chuan, Managing Director of Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), NTU Provost Prof Freddy Boey, Thales Alenia Space’s Chief Technical Officer (CTO) Mr Patrick Maute and Thales in Singapore’s Chief Executive Officer Mr Jean-Noel Stock.
Prof Freddy Boey said this landmark collaboration is an international recognition of NTU’s strengths in satellite research and development.

“NTU is home to some of the brightest minds in engineering in Singapore today. We have successfully built, launched and operated four satellites in space for the last five years. Satellite research and development is extremely demanding and highly multidisciplinary and to put even one in space is no small task,” Prof Boey said. “Using the expertise we gained, we are now tackling an even bigger challenge. Together with Thales, we now aim to develop more advanced satellite technology to bring the world better telecommunications and more accurate climate sensing and observation data. This is also the more sustainable route, as smaller satellites require less resources and time to build, launch and operate.”

Mr Patrick Maute affirmed NTU’s impressive achievements, adding that the creation of S4TIN demonstrated the mutual commitment to push the frontiers of nano/micro-satellite technologies.

“We are impressed with NTU’s ability to build, launch and operate four satellites in such a short period of time. The talents trained by NTU had proven themselves to be fully capable of developing nano/micro-satellites at a rapid pace. We are excited to work with NTU to explore innovative applications of such satellites in remote sensing, environment monitoring, or navigation / automatic identification system (AIS) among others,”

 

S4TIN  Laboratory

S4TIN is a joint laboratory between Thales Alenia Space and NTU with the participation of Thales Solution Asia, Singapore site. The partnership aims to leverage the rapidly growing nanosatellite and microsatellite segments of the global satellite industry which usually refers to satellites less than 100 kg. The lab brings together the world-renowned heritage of Thales Alenia Space in satellite systems, NTU’s pioneering research in small satellite platforms and technologies, and the local research and technology capabilities of Thales in Singapore.

S4TIN supports the development of new flight-proven technologies for the micro/nano-satellite market. These technologies will first enable the development of prototypes and mission demonstrators and will become, in the future, basis of operational missions.

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Research Projects in S4TIN 

​No. ​Topic ​PI, Researchers
​1 ​Shape Memory Polymer Composites ​Assoc Prof Edwin Teo 1.pdf1.pdf
​2 ​Enhanced Phase Change Material ​Assoc Prof Edwin Teo 2.pdf2.pdf
​3 ​Rendezvous & Docking with Uncooperative Targets ​Assoc Prof Ling Keck Voon 6.pdf6.pdf
​4 ​Cost and Lead Time Minimization in the Production of Micro/Nano Satellites ​Assoc Prof Tai Kang 7.pdf7.pdf
 

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