Mr. Morokot Sakal, a lecturer in the IT Faculty of AUPP, has recently participated in the 73rd International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Paris, France, from September 18-22, 2022.
During the congress, Mr. Morokot had an opportunity to present his research work titled “Starlink for ASEAN: A Changemaker in the Race toward SDGs?”, co-authored with Dr. Riccardo Corrado, Chair of the ICT (Information & Communications Technology) Program of AUPP, and Dr. Maximilien Berthet, a researcher in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics of the University of Tokyo.
The objective of the presented research work was to develop a framework to assess Starlink’s potential in helping ASEAN member states in the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The proposed framework can be used by regional policymakers to decide whether to invest in Starlink for full regional connectivity, providing a boost in the race to fulfill the SDGs.
Mr. Morokot stated that he was glad to attend and present their work in person at the congress for the first time after the pandemic. “During the congress, I was able to meet with many colleagues from graduate school who are now working at their countries’ space agencies, space startup companies, and research institutes around the world. Paris is a beautiful city, filled with diverse architectural styles, and a long fascinating history. I would also like to acknowledge my co-authors (Dr. Riccardo and Dr. Maximilien) and the Cambodian Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications, for making this wonderful trip possible.”
IAC is an annual event attended by the heads and senior executives of the world’s space agencies (NASA, ESA, JAXA, etc.), space companies, researchers, and students from more than 80 countries, to discuss the latest space technology and developments in academia and industry. In addition, Starlink, operated by SpaceX, is a satellite constellation system envisioned to achieve global internet connectivity coverage at an affordable price.