Updated: 07/04/2014 00:37

Singapore's first nano-satellite launched

A model of Singapore's first nano-satellite, VELOX-1 (© Photo: CNA)

A model of Singapore's first nano-satellite, VELOX-1 (Photo: CNA)

Singapore's first nano-satellite's been launched. 

Designed and built entirely by students and researchers at NTU's Satellite Research Centre, the nano-satellite has the capability to deploy another, even smaller satellite in two to three months time. 

Known as the VELOX-I, it lifted off from India's Satish Dhawan Space Centre on Monday, and is currently flying 650 kilometres above the Earth. 

Piggybacked onto the VELOX-I is another, even smaller satellite. 

The VELOX P-III weighs just 193 grams and is about the size of an iPhone. 

They will separate in the later part of the experiment, possibly within the next 2 to 3 months. 

The nano-satellite was built to demonstrate and test technologies developed at NTU, like a new camera sensor, a mechanism to control the orientation of the satellite, and a new inter-satellite communication system. 

To control and monitor its growing fleet of satellites, NTU has built a new state-of-the-art Mission Control Centre, outfitted with advanced satellite communication and computer systems. 

It's the hub of operations for the four NTU satellites that are now in space.

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