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Malaysian companies, government agencies and universities are to be offered free access to satellite data from ANGKASA-X’s recently launched, Malaysian designed A-SEANSAT-PG1 satellite for Research & Development (R&D) purposes.

ANGKASA-X is offering Malaysian organisations, both in the public and private sectors, free access to a range of Earth Observation (EO) and Automatic Identification Systems (AIS) data for a period of 12 months starting from July 2023, to conduct R&D for future applications for Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites.

“This offering will enable organisations to operate more efficiently and make data-driven decisions, while enhancing productivity. We believe that by leveraging the data provided by the PG1 satellite, we can collectively contribute to Malaysia’s growth and progress across a wide array of sectors,” said Dr Sean Seah, Group Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of ANGKASA-X.

The AIS applications offered by ANGKASA-X include Maritime Domain Awareness, Vessel Tracking & Identification, Port Traffic Management, Search & Rescue Assistance, as well as monitoring of illegal fishing and unauthorised encroachment into restricted sea areas.

The satellite is currently undergoing various flight tests after its launch at the end of June, including attitude control and high-speed downlink tests. Over the next few weeks, the satellite will undergo mission payload tests to assess its performance and capabilities.

Once the attitude control and high-speed downlink tests are completed, the satellite will go through the calibration process to ensure the payloads are working according to specifications.