#TECH: Independence-X Aerospace organises satellite technology challenge

SENDAYAN: Local aerospace company Independence-X Aerospace Sdn Bhd (IDXA) is organising a national-level satellite competition called 'GerhanaSAT Challenge 2022'.

The competition is open to all institute of higher learning and secondary school students throughout Malaysia.

Jointly organised by the Ministry of Science, Technology & Innovation (MOSTI), IDXA said all participating teams are encouraged to have an industrial mentor to guide the team towards a successful prototype according to the challenges.

"We aspire to build a Malaysian-made rocket launch vehicle which will launch satellites on our Malaysian soil," – said IDXA's founder and chief executive officer, Izmir Yamin.

He said the competition focuses on three space technology challenges, which include Telemetry & Telecommand Challenge, Rover Docking Challenge, and Innovation Challenge.

IDXA aspires to build a Malaysian-made rocket launch that will launch satellites on our Malaysian soil and carry out unmanned interplanetary space missions.

The company has a team of dedicated industry professionals and academicians working to develop the next wave of Space Exploration Pioneers to innovate space exploration technologies to deliver efficient and cost-effective solutions for humanity. Furthermore,

Currently, it has fully engineered, designed, and developed South East Asia's first Commercial Liquid Propellant Rocket Engine from the ground up for the upcoming launch vehicle.

The competition has a prize fund of RM12,000 for the first place, RM5,000 for the second place, RM3,000 for the third place, and a complimentary RM1,000 for the other three teams.

Izmir said all six finalist teams will get to attend IDXA's physical, and technical workshop on the satellite kit (GerhanaSat Kit), and they will also receive a GerhanaSat Kit worth RM1,000 made by Independence-X Aerospace for free.

There will be four stages in the competition from July until November, 2022, in which the first three stages would be held online while the final stage would be held physically at the Malaysian Space Agency, Banting.

Registration is free of charge and the deadline for registration is on July 11.

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