May 24, 2023
KUALA LUMPUR: Angkasa-X says it will launch its A-SEANSAT-PG1 (PG1) satellite on June 27, spearheading a massive thrust to propel Malaysia's spacetech ecosystem.
Angkasa-X is a technological-social inclusion company with a mission to fulfil the country's unicorn aspiration of establishing the Asean space economy.
With the launch of PG1, Angkasa-X said it would leverage on its technological know-how to lead the way towards the eventual forming of constellations of low-earth-orbit (LEO) satellites which will be designed and assembled in Malaysia in the coming years.
"These satellite constellations will work together to offer an innovative Satellite-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering to countries in Asean," it said in a statement.
The announcement was made by Angkasa-X executive chairman and chief executive officer Dr. Sean Seah at the 16th Langkawi International Maritime and Aerospace exhibition in a special showcase of the PG1 satellite.
The showcase was held in collaboration with the Malaysia Industry-Government Group for High Technology (MIGHT), a government industry think tank under the auspices of the Prime Minister's Office to execute market-driven partnerships.
"After years of hard work, R&D and fundraising, we are finally here! It is a giant step for Angkasa-X's dream since our incorporation in 2021 to launch our designed-in-Malaysia satellite into space," Seah said.
"Through the launch of PG1 and the subsequent satellites, we intend to establish a robust space economy, especially within Asean to create a world where data connectivity and crucial information will be easily accessible and affordable for society, governments, and companies," he added.
MIGHT president and CEO Datuk Yusoff Sulaiman said as a government body overseeing the development and management of the national space sector in a strategic, organised and comprehensive manner, it was pleased to be working together with Angkasa-X.
"It is an ambitious undertaking, but we are certain through their vast technical know-how, coupled with the concerted coming together of various stakeholders, we can quite literally reach for the stars towards the furtherance of Malaysia's space agenda," Yusoff added.
The PG1 satellite is slated for launch at 7.30pm (KL time) on June 27 from the Vostochny Cosmodrome in Russia.
It will be broadcasted live in three locations in Malaysia, including the Malaysian Space Agency office here, Universiti Sains Malaysi in Penang and Sarawak Digital Economy Corp Bhd.