Earlier, Chow witnessed the signing of an agreement between Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), Angkasa X Innovation Sdn Bhd and state-owned Digital Penang.

Angkasa X and USM will collaborate to offer a professional course in satellite engineering, while Digital Penang will market and promote the course to potential students from the manufacturing sector in Penang.

Angkasa X executive chairman Sean Seah said Penang would also be made a testing centre for satellite research and development through the creation of a “SpaceTech Park” in the future.

He said the company planned to launch a Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite able to provide internet connectivity to rural areas in the Asean region.

Seah said at least RM5 billion would be spent in the next 15 to 20 years to launch 500 LEO satellites in the region, with the first one expected to be launched by the end of 2022.