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Singapore’s Global Space And Technology Convention Opens With Project Cyclotron Investment Inititiative

Courtesy of GSTC.

Asia’s largest space and technology convention, the Global Space and Technology Convention (GSTC) is a cornerstone of the space industry in Asia. Organised by Singapore Space and Technology Limited (SSTL), the Convention is among the most comprehensive gathering of space agencies, industry leaders and future players, in Asia. GSTC 2020 is being held from 6 – 7 February 2020 at Grand Hyatt, Singapore.

“Space capabilities are now indispensable to our lives, and present new solutions to global challenges. GSTC has been an important platform for the international space sector to meet, exchange ideas, and forge new partnerships. Its growth from 80 delegates in 2008 to the 800 delegates today reflects the growing interest and possibilities,” said Mr Teo Chee Hean, Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security.

The 12th and largest edition of GSTC presents satellite applications for smart cities and looks at cybersecurity as well as sustainability of our space ecosystem. GSTC 2020 will focus on the Asian space ecosystem, with progress updates on small satellite innovations, and the latest in satellite communication.

GSTC 2020 will also discuss new topics such as the use of blockchain in the space industry, hold a workshop on Quantum Key Distribution and look at the practical issues of 3D printing in space.

There will be more than 700 regional and international guests from corporations, government agencies, and start-ups, in addition to over 30 exhibitors. With such credentials, GSTC has been pushing Singapore to the frontier of the space economy in Asia, nurturing the best possible ecosystem for success.

Among the speakers are industry leaders such as:

  • Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund (Ms), Chair of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
  • Dr. Orsolya Ferencz (Ms), Ministerial Commissioner for Hungarian Space Research, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, Department for Space Activities
  • Mr. Vincent Chong, President & CEO, ST Engineering
  • Mr. Mark Lombardi, Satellite and Space Solution Architect, Keysight Technologies
  • Mr. Scott Forney, President, General Atomics Electromagnetic Systems (GA-EMS)

The key areas of focus for the convention include:

  • Balancing Cyber Security with Business Needs of Commercial Space
  • The Role of Space in Urban Mobility
  • Space Applications for Smart Cities
  • Faster, Better, Cheaper Way of Manufacturing Satellites
  • 5G and Space
  • Asian Launch Opportunities
  • New Mission, New Breakthroughs

“The space industry is rapidly evolving, especially in Asia. What used to be a government-initiated industry has evolved into one, that heavily involves commercial players. GSTC integrates space technology, innovation and business. It is the largest of its kind in the Asia Pacific region, and is growing every year to include adjacent industry partners like blockchain, quantum key technology and disaster relief organisations,” says Jonathan Hung, Executive Chairman of SSTL.

This year, SSTL will be launching Project Cyclotron, in collaboration with Cap Vista, the strategic investment arm of Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA). Project Cyclotron, a unique programme tailored to propel the SpaceTech ecosystem in Singapore and the region, will focus on accelerating regional space and deep tech startups, by providing them with the insights, skillsets and resources to become commercially viable. Other than just SpaceTech companies, Project Cyclotron will also house an Investment Advisory Committee comprising potential investors with an interest and stake in the regional SpaceTech development. The programme will only take in 10 companies and applications open from 6 Feb 2020. Investors interested to be part of the Investment Advisory Committee should also be in touch with SSTL and Cap Vista.

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