Earlier, Chow witnessed the signing of a MoU between Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Angkasa X Innovation Sdn Bhd and Digital Penang in Komtar.

USM and Angkasa-X will collaborate to offer a professional course in Satellite Engineering and Digital Penang will market and promote this course to students from the manufacturing field in Penang.

The professional course in satellite engineering will be the first in Malaysia to offer mixed mode courses consisting of lectures and practical work in the lab for satellite development and testing.

Angkasa-X executive chairman Sean Seah said their plan is to set up an Asean Space Tech Park in Malaysia to develop talent in satellite research and development.

“We plan to establish Asean-Link Leo Constellation to realise our vision of providing Internet connectivity as a necessity to bring about social inclusion and digital economic transformation to the rural communities within Asean,” he said.

He said about RM5 billion will be spent in the next 15 to 20 years to launch at least 500 Leo satellites in the region.

“The first Leo satellite is expected to be launched by the end of 2022,” he said.