Office for Space Technology and Industry (OSTIn)

About OSTIn ​

To capture economic opportunities in the space sector, the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB) established the Office for Space Technology & Industry (OSTIn) in 2013.

In its early years, OSTIn focused on growing a globally competitive space industry in Singapore, collaborating closely with local and international space industry players to realise their business and innovation initiatives as well as with partners within and beyond Singapore’s space ecosystem to build up local research capabilities.

In April 2020, OSTIn took on the mandate of Singapore’s national space office. While still hosted within the EDB, it is now an autonomous office under the purview of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, reporting to its own governing board.

Today, OSTIn focuses on five workstreams to build up Singapore’s space ecosystem and advance the country’s space interests:

• Nurturing the development of local space technology capabilities through investments in R&D

• Growing a globally competitive local space industry

• Developing policies and regulations to support Singapore’s space activities

• Expanding bilateral and multilateral partnerships, and contributing to strengthening the global governance regime for space activities

• Supporting the development of talent for Singapore’s space sector and future workforce.

OSTIn’s Space Technology Development Programme (STDP)

OSTIn’s S$150M flagship Space Technology Development Programme (STDP) seeks to develop space capabilities to support domains such as aviation, maritime and sustainability, which are critical to Singapore and many other countries, as well as disruptive space technologies that can improve the country’s space industry’s competitiveness.

Projects supported by the STDP include:

• Very low Earth orbit (VLEO) satellite technologies that would allow satellites to operate in orbits closer to Earth and deliver differentiated capabilities.

• Quantum key distribution (QKD) satellite solutions that would enable quantum-safe transmission of secure information.

• Use of satellite data for applications such as carbon measurement, reporting and verification (MRV), agriculture, pollution monitoring.

In addition, OSTIn is exploring new opportunities emerging in the space economy, such as on-orbit servicing, in-space manufacturing and space life sciences, including whether Singapore’s strengths in domains like AI, robotics, materials science and life sciences can be pivoted to support space applications.

OSTIn’s Partnerships Across the World

Central to OSTIn’s work are its partnerships with other space agencies as well as its efforts to contribute to global space governance. OSTIn has partnership agreements with counterparts such as the Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (France’s space agency), European Space Agency and United Arab Emirates Space Agency, to grow collaboration in space R&D, human capital development, and space policy and law.

OSTIn represents Singapore at forums such as the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF), and is a member of the Space for Climate Observatory (SCO) and International Astronautical Federation (IAF). Singapore is also a signatory of the Artemis Accords.

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