09 Feb '12, 11pm

Singapore set to play key role in space flights (via ST iPhone App)

Singapore set to play key role in space flights (via ST iPhone App)

An artist's impression of a space plane. If the deal is finalised, local researchers and engineers will design the avionics of the plane and test its aerodynamics. -- PHOTO: EADS ASTRIUM By Jermyn Chow, Defence Correspondent Singapore will play a key role in helping a French space company launch its first commercial space flight. For starters, home-grown companies will be roped in by Astrium, the space arm of French aerospace giant European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, to build and launch the 'demonstrator' model of the space plane by the end of the year. Next month, Master of Business Administration (MBA) students from four business schools here will compete to come up with the best business model for the space plane operator. Astrium, which aims to launch its first commercial space flight by 2017, is turning to Singapore because of the Republic's 'significant po...

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