During the Global Space Technology Convention, a next-generation Earth Observation (EO) satellite will be developed by Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics) and Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA).
To be named TeLEOS-2, the new satellite will build upon the successful completion and launch of TeLEOS-1, which is the nation’s first made-in-Singapore commercial EO satellite. This new development will further propel the growth of Singapore’s space industry and strengthen ST Electronic’s position in the global space market.
On behalf of the Government of Singapore (GOS), DSTA will work with ST Electronics to support GOS agencies such as Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore, Ministry of Home Affairs, Ministry of Defence, Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore, and National Environment Agency for their satellite imagery requirements.
TeLEOS-2 has a mass of about 750 kg and will carry a made-in-Singapore Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) payload capable of providing 1 meter resolution data. The satellite will be equipped with a 500 GB onboard recorder for storing the captured data as well as a high speed 800 Mbps down link. The development of TeLEOS-2 will enhance ST Electronics’ commercial satellite imagery services, providing multi-modal and high responsive features (SAR and EO imaging satellites) to its customers.
While TeLEOS-1, with an electro-optical payload, provides up to six daylight imaging opportunities daily along the equatorial belt, TeLEOS-2 with a SAR payload will provide 24x7 day and night, all-weather imaging opportunities. Customers will be able to tap on the complementary imagery services provided by ST Electronic’s electro-optical and SAR satellites. In addition to the sales of satellite imagery, ST Electronics also provides value-added services using intelligent big data analytics for applications in urban planning and infrastructure management for smart cities, environmental and resources monitoring for sustainability, humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR) for emergency operation, maritime security and safety operation, and border and territorial water protection.
To further widen its market reach and expand its value-added services in addressing the growing demand in services relating to maritime security, ST Electronics also signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the GSTC 2017 with Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS), a subsidiary of the French Space Agency (CNES).