Monday, May 25, 2009

Dassault Systèmes and the Singapore Space Challenge

Dassault Systèmes has announced its sponsorship of the annual Singapore Space Challenge: Space Design Competition, hosted by Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA) and co-developed with the Centre for Research in Satellite Technologies (CREST) at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

"The two-year sponsorship is Dassault Systèmes’ contribution towards promoting and generating interest in the new frontier among students and tertiary institutions in Singapore.

“We are pleased to have Dassault Systèmes as a key sponsor of Singapore Space Challenge: Space Design Competition in both 2009 and 2010. Software brings out the excitement in students as simulation brings concept to life,” said Adeline Tung, Vice President of SSTA.

Open to tertiary students in Singapore, the competition required teams to design a satellite or system of satellites for launch into Low Earth Orbit to monitor the seaways around Singapore and the neighboring countries.

This year’s competition has attracted a record 22 teams, more than triple the seven teams that took part in the inaugural competition.

Participating in the contest were teams from Victoria Junior College, Temasek Polytechnic, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, Nanyang Girls’ High School, NUS High School of Mathematics and Science, and NTU.

Results of the competition will be announced on June 27, 2009. The first prize is S$10,000 cash, while the second and third prize winners will take home S$5,000 and S$2,500 respectively.

“Dassault Systèmes already has many customers in the satellite and space industries around the world. As the space industry is new in this part of the world, we are delighted to provide support to nurture its growth and drive more innovation. The Singapore Space Challenge is a good move by SSTA and will certainly boost the industry in Singapore,” said Keith Tan, Regional Channel Director, Dassault Systèmes.

In conjunction with the competition, SSTA organized the Singapore Space Challenge Seminar at Ngee Ann Polytechnic.

More than 70 students from various tertiary institutions attended the seminar and heard from Dassault Systèmes’ experts on trends and key software relevant to the aerospace/space industry.

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