The UK Space Agency is funding a project between Spire UK and Singapore’s Institute for Infocomm Research (I2R) to develop and test a novel product that will allow fishing authorities and coastal guards to easily detect and track illegal fishing. The initial project worth £1.6 million (US$2.5 million) will cover the construction of a prototype nanosatellite which could grow into a constellation of up to 50 nanosatellites that would be built in Glasgow, Scotland.  The new project, funded through the UK Space Agency’s International Partnerships in Space Programme, will be based on the AIS ship tracking system.

Union Jack Flag (more correctly termed the Union Flag) of the United Kingdom

Union Jack Flag (more correctly termed the Union Flag) of the United Kingdom

In addition to this collaboration with Singapore,  the UK Space Agency has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indonesian Space Agency (LAPAN) for closer collaboration in civil space activities such as Earth observation, allowing companies like SSTL to provide satellite products and share their expertise with Indonesia.