(Spacewatch.global) The Science and Technology Facilities Council’s RAL Space laboratory in the UK and the National University of Singapore’s Centre for Quantum Technologies (CQT) have already established a programme to develop new quantum space technologies. They are working together to build a small satellite to test secure communications based on the exchange of cryptographic keys across the globe, known as Quantum Key Distribution.
Recently, more than 30 representatives from the UK space industry, universities and government—supported by the UK Space Agency—visited Singapore to explore new partnerships and opportunities in the Asia-Pacific region.
“We have high ambitions to grow the UK space sector and must develop new, and strengthen existing, global partnerships to succeed,” Said Dr. Graham Turnock, chief executive of the UK Space Agency. “The UK Space Agency has already established strong relationships in the Asia-Pacific region through its International Partnership Programme, supporting sustainable development through space technology, and we continue to raise the priority of this fast growing and exciting region more widely.”