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ST Electronics Launches New Service with Successful Completion of In-Orbit Test of TeLEOS-1


26 July 2016

Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited  announced the commencement of its commercial imagery service of the first made-in-Singapore commercial Earth observation satellite, TeLEOS-1, after an intensive In-Orbit-Test (IOT) since it was launched on 16 December 2015. This marks a significant milestone for ST Electronics as this is a world’s first commercial imagery service providing one metre resolution with the fastest response time from a Near-Equatorial Orbit remote sensing satellite.

“Today is a momentous milestone for ST Electronics as we launch TeLEOS-1’s commercial imagery service. TeLEOS-1 has proven to perform well over an intensive six months In-Orbit-Test and we are happy to bring into service the world's first Near-Equatorial Orbit Earth observation satellite offering a one metre resolution with unparalleled revisit time. Our unique offering of multi-source, multi-modal, high responsive satellite imagery has attracted strong interests from our international network of re-sellers and distributors. Our strategic partnership with DSTA and EDB will strengthen the Space ecosystem in Singapore and bring it to greater heights,” said Mr Lee Fook Sun, Deputy CEO & President, Defence Business of ST Engineering and President of ST Electronics.

Through the vigorous six-month of IOT, ST Electronics has successfully calibrated and validated the in-orbit performance of TeLEOS-1, covering the Attitude Determination Control System, On-Board Computing System, Flight Software, On-Board Network System, On-Board Recorder, Telemetry and Tele-command system, Payload Downlink system, Electrical Power system, Thermal Control System and Camera Payload. At the same time, the performance of the Ground Control Station was also successfully validated. The successful validations have paved the way for the launch of imagery service of TeLEOS-1.

With a mean revisit time of 12 to 16 hours and coverage of the equatorial belt with up to six daylight imaging opportunities a day, TeLEOS-1 is capable of providing down to one metre resolution panchromatic imagery with a 12km swath width. TeLEOS-1, being the first commercial remote sensing satellite operating in the Near Equatorial Orbit within +/- 15 degree around the equatorial belt, has the competitive advantage of having the fastest response time to react to urgent and ad-hoc imaging needs, shorter mean revisit time and higher imaging opportunities compared to the typical polar orbit remote sensing satellites over this region. Besides the sales of satellite imagery, ST Electronics will also provide value-added applications covering urban planning and infrastructure management for smart cities, environmental and resources monitoring, humanitarian aid and disaster relief (HADR), maritime security and safety, border and territorial water protection.

Partnership agreement with Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA)
In conjunction with the commercialisation of TeLEOS-1 imagery services, ST Electronics is pleased to announce that it has entered into a partnership agreement with Defence Science & Technology Agency (DSTA) to jointly acquire and develop imaging systems to support Singapore Government agencies’ imagery requirements, such as monitoring of haze hotspots and detection of oil spills. ST Electronics will use these systems to enhance our commercial imagery services with multi-modal and higher responsiveness for its customers.

Establishment of Agreements to Promote TeLEOS-1 Imagery
In addition, ST Electronics has also signed a distributor agreement with SI Imaging Services (Korea), and reseller agreements with SOVZOND Company Ltd (Russia) and Broadstone Technologies (South Africa) for TeLEOS-1 Imagery. Discussion with other reseller partners such as Airbus DS Geo and several others are in good progress. These distributor and resellers will be promoting and selling the TeLEOS-1 imagery and value-added applications globally. The signing of these agreements signify the industry’s early recognition of the competitiveness and market potential of the TeLEOS-1 imagery.

Collaboration on Corporate Accelerator Programme with Economic Development Board
To spur the development of new applications and use cases using satellite data, ST Electronics will work with Economic Development Board (EDB) on corporate accelerator programmes that will tap on the creativity and vibrancy of Singapore’s start-up and research ecosystem. Such a programme will connect various parties of the innovation value chain such as commercial end users, satellite data providers and start-up/research communities to co-create and commercialise new ideas for new markets using satellite data and exploiting the use of big data analytics.

“We are pleased to work with ST Electronics on their corporate accelerator programme which aims to co-develop new and innovative commercial applications with our start-up community. This initiative is aligned with our effort to grow an innovation driven satellite application ecosystem in Singapore, and we are happy to be part of it,” said Mr Beh Kian Teik, Executive Director of the Office for Space Technology and Industry, Economic Development Board.