DULLES, Virginia, 11 February 2016 (Orbital ATK PR) — Orbital ATK, a global leader in aerospace and defense technologies, announced today it has opened a regional office in Singapore to serve existing and new customers in Asia. The office is the third international location opened by Orbital ATK in the past three months. The company is following a deliberate process of increasing its availability to and direct engagement with customers and industry partners.
EADS Astrium To Develop Spaceplane
EADS Astrium has disclosed that Singapore will be a partner in its suborbital spaceplane program.
At the Global Space & Technology Convention in Singapore, EADS Astrium executives announced that Singapore will be building a small-scale demonstrator of the spaceplane and may be involved in developing parts for the commercial product. EADS Astrium is also hoping Singapore will ultimately have a fleet of its commercial spaceplanes stationed at Singaporeâ€™s Changi Airport.
The Space Fellowship has a comprehensive story about various spaceports that are under development around the world in Virginia, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas, California, Dubai, Singapore and other locations. Some are already in the works, while others are awaiting full funding.
Todayonline.com reports that Virgin Galactic may be looking at Singapore as a possible base for its suborbital tourism business within the next five years.
This move could pose a challenge for Space Adventures, which announced plans to build a spaceport in Singapore back two years ago. However, the Virginia-based company has only raised about half the funding for the facility, according to CEO Eric Anderson. He said the company hopes to raise the remainder of the funding by year’s end.