Angkasa-X and USM to build RM30m earth station and space technology centre in Penang

19/5/2022 8:29:00 AM

Angkasa-X and USM to build RM30m earth station and space technology centre in Penang

Angkasa X, Chow Kon Yeow

Angkasa-X and USM to build RM30m earth station and space technology centre in Penang

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SEBERANG PERAI, May 19 — A local space technology company, Angkasa-X Innovation Sdn Bhd, is developing a RM30 million earth station and space technology centre at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Engineering Campus in Nibong Tebal with a target of launching its first Malaysian-made satellite early next year.

The entire project is fully funded by Angkasa-X and once completed, will be able to assemble its own satellites.“From 2024 onwards, we will be launching communication satellites that will be built using some American technology,” he said.“We can use satellite application data to track ship movement, for flood management or for disaster management,” he said.

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By Opalyn Mok Thursday, 19 May 2022 1:01 PM MYT SEBERANG PERAI, May 19 — A local space technology company, Angkasa-X Innovation Sdn Bhd, is developing a RM30 million earth station and space technology centre at the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Engineering Campus in Nibong Tebal with a target of launching its first Malaysian-made satellite early next year. Angkasa-X executive chairman Sean Seah said they are building both the earth station and space technology centre concurrently so that they could produce Malaysian-designed and Malaysian-made satellites to be launched into space from next year onwards. Every room has its own balcony with views of the Pattaya ocean, with sizes ranging from 45 to 133sq m. “The completion date for the ground station is by the end of this year, hopefully by October or November and the space technology centre is expected to complete about the same time,” he said at a press conference after the groundbreaking ceremony of the earth station and space technology centre in Nibong Tebal. Putrajaya district police chief ACP A. The entire project is fully funded by Angkasa-X and once completed, will be able to assemble its own satellites. It's unique and fascinating because it combines space travel as a design concept with the comfort of guests of all ages, with attractions ranging from a massive water park spanning 11,500sq m in four zones, such as an adventure in the space forest, to a huge water park spanning 11,500sq m in four zones. “When the assembly line is ready, it has the capabilities to assemble four nano-satellites concurrently and we will be launching two constellations of satellites first,” Seah said. Sign-up now and enjoy one (1) week free access!.

He said the first constellation of satellites will be more remote sensing so they are expecting to launch about 24 satellites over the next two to four years. Visitors may float down the lazy space forest river through caverns, waterfalls, jacuzzis, and intergalactic jungles. He said the three suspects were nabbed at three different locations in Dengkil, Sepang, on May 12 and 13 which brought to the arrest of another individual who is the son of a used items shop owner in Taman Putra Perdana, Sepang. “From 2024 onwards, we will be launching communication satellites that will be built using some American technology,” he said. Overall, he said Angkasa-X planned to launch about 500 satellites in total and the earth station in USM will be receiving the signals from the satellites. There are also additional facilities such as restaurants, cafés, and rooftop dining. With the satellites launched in space, Seah said it will bring about downstream capabilities such as application development for the entire space technology. Asmadi said among the items seized from them were a wire cutter, hacksaw and some green-coloured earth cable wires. “We can use satellite application data to track ship movement, for flood management or for disaster management,” he said.48 x 5.

At the same time, the earth station and space technology centre will also attract other space technology companies to invest in Penang and Malaysia. “There are three countries in the world that excel in space technology, China, Russia and the United States, so we are talking to many players from these countries to partner with them and to welcome them here to invest here and build their space technology centres here,” he said. The Let’s Relax Onsen & Spa, with a floor space of up to 3,000sq m and the first sea view onsen in Thailand, is one of the highlights as well as popular treatments like spa and Thai massage. Asmadi said cable thefts were increasing following the high demand and could fetch up to RM34 per kilogramme. Earlier in his speech, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow said the presence of the earth station and space technology centre will usher in a different dimension to Penang's industrial successes. “I am further encouraged to learn that the state-of-the-art centre will be used for research and development, assembly, integration and testing of low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites to form and operate the Angkasa-X A-SEANSAT LEO satellite constellations,” he said. USM Engineering Campus Director Professor Dr Nor Azazi Zakaria said the space industry is expected to reach a value of US$1 trillion by 2049.

“It is expected that 75,000 LEO communication satellites will be launched by 2030,” he said. He said communication satellites can be commonly found in a higher geostationary orbit (30,000km). “However, advanced technology has now made it possible for satellites to be placed in lower orbits, namely LEO orbits (500 - 600km),” he said. He said space satellites will be an important investment for Malaysia where it can become a base for the Asean region especially when about 50 per cent of the Southeast Asian population has no access to the internet. “The capability to access the Internet, and the use of information and communications technology will have a broad impact in the region, as it will be the key in spurring economic growth and improving lives in the near future,” he said.

USM has set aside a two acre area for the Angkasa-X Earth Station and the Space Technology Centre for the purpose of R&D, and assembly, integrating and testing (AIT) to build and to operate the Angkasa-X A-SEANSAT. “This centre also provides basic facilities for students and professionals to gain further 'hands-on' experience in satellite research and development,” he said. He said the cooperation between Angkasa-X and USM will allow for the development of a first-of-its- kind’ professional engineering courses in Asia that will be offered to USM postgraduate students. Advertisement .