Ibadan, 21 December 2023. – Equatorial Space, Singapore’s launcher startup, has revealed a new 12,000-square-foot headquarters and production facility in the Tuas area of the island-state at an opening ceremony. The ceremony featured more than 40 representatives from Singapore’s Government agencies and fellow industry players.
The facility features a 40ft-container-accessible production floor and a 420 square foot avionics & payload processing room being fitted to ISO 8 standards to support its suborbital launch services starting in 2024 and orbital launches beginning in 2026.
With its propulsion technologies, Equatorial Space aims to build game-changing, eco-friendly, low-cost and explosives-free rockets to foster the future of space exploration. In 2020, the Company became the first company in Southeast Asia to test-launch a commercially developed rocket prototype, testing its core technologies. Consequently, It will begin orbital launch services in 2026.
Speaking on the launch, Simon Gwozdz, CEO of Equatorial Space, said, “Over the last 6 years, we had 100 reasons to close down and just one to carry on. We chose the latter. Our new facility is a testimony of our resilience – almost four times the size of all our previous facilities combined, providing space for our sounding rocket and micro-launcher development programs.
Likewise, Jonathan Hung, the Executive Director of Singapore’s Office for Space Technologies and Industry (OSTIn), and the Guest of Honour at the ceremony, said, “This is not only a celebration of a Singapore startup expanding, it is also a celebration of achievements that ESS has secured to realize its vision of making spaceflight more affordable, accessible and perhaps most importantly – sustainable.” He also added, “I have visited many rocket factories – and it is truly a feat to be in one in Singapore”