The Globe as you know it is changing. Coming June 2019

  • More thought provoking stories that inspire
  • Independent, free and member supported
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  • Member engagement with our journalists
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The Globe as you know it is changing.

Since 2007, Southeast Asia Globe has been a space for some of the region’s best writers and photographers to take our readers behind the headlines into the stories that shape people’s lives. Every month, you could expect to pick up our latest print edition and find high-quality journalism, analysis and artwork waiting on every page. And since 2007, we’ve fought to uphold our promise of quality and independence to you, our readers.

But, like we said, the world is changing. Print publications just aren’t reaching the audiences they need to fulfil their promise of informing, educating and entertaining the public. Advertisers continue to invest in digital platforms while printing costs creep ever higher. Print may not be dead, but it’s fighting for its life. And we’re tired of waiting by a sickbed for its condition to improve. We want to be present at the birth of something new.

That’s why Southeast Asia Globe is relaunching as a member-driven platform featuring daily long-form features combining world-class journalism with enthralling art design and data-centered tech. Through our core pillars – Power, Money, Life and Earth – we are focusing in on the central issues that our readers have always engaged with most, with the same in-depth coverage of politics, business, social affairs and the environment that you’ve come to expect since 2007.

But leaving print behind us doesn’t just save our backs from lugging stacks of magazines across Southeast Asia. It opens up a global readership who don’t just want to read the news, but have a say in the stories that we tell and the way that we tell them. We’re not asking you to take out another magazine subscription – our stories are open to all. What we’re offering our members is a space where they can pitch and vote on the stories that they think deserve to be told. We want to inspire an engaged and active community of members who vote for, comment on and contribute to the stories that matter most to them. We want to work with our members to curate the way they engage with the news – not just as readers, but as an active extension of our editorial team.

That’s how we’re changing to bring you great stories. Here’s how we’re not.

We’re independent. Always have been, always will be. We’re not owned by any corporation or aligned with any state. We choose the stories that we tell, and the way that we tell them.

We’re creative. We’re not interested in churning out breaking news stories on the hour, every hour. We believe that the best stories are the ones that come alive on the page, digging deeper into the issues that shape Southeast Asia – and bringing you along for the ride. From our dedicated designers to our new software development team, our commitment is to constantly challenge ourselves to find new ways of reaching out to our readers.

We’re open. Challenging governments, NGOs and businesses to be transparent with the public means nothing if we keep our own readers in the dark. That’s why we will be completely open about why we tell the stories that we tell – and how we pay for them. Work with us to build something that endures where many media fail, and decide with us exactly where that money is going.

Above all, we’re optimistic. And yeah, we know what you’re thinking. Faced with impending climate collapse, the rise of right-wing authoritarian governments across the world, widening wealth and income inequality and deepening divisions rooted in race or gender or creed, it’s hard not to open the papers and feel the weight of the world pressing down. But we wouldn’t be doing this if we didn’t believe that when people work together, they can make their little corner of the world a more just, open and equal place.

And that’s why we can’t do this without you. We believe that across the globe is a community of people who care deeply about social justice, environmental action and press freedom – and who will join in to help make those ideals a reality. We’re not just holding our hand out – we need your voice to play a vital role in building Southeast Asia Globe into a leading space for progressive causes in the region. Tell us what stories the mainstream media is missing. Share with us the causes that matter most to you, and how we can champion those causes not just across Southeast Asia, but the world.

Our vision is clear. By 2025, we want to be recognised for building a great space for outstanding journalists from across the region to explore new ways of telling Southeast Asia’s most vital stories. Let’s bring together a community of engaged and loyal members who want to help reshape the media rather than just read it. And we want to reach a point where our readers, not advertisers, are the ones working to support our shared vision of an inclusive media.

We can’t do this without you. Let’s get together and build something that we all believe in.

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To the stars / Singapore-based company to launch private rockets to space

By: Lily Hess - Posted on: October 4, 2018 | Business

A Singaporean-Australian company has raised nearly $14m to develop satellites, with plans to launch its first hybrid propulsion rocket to space in 2020

Brothers and founders, James (left) and Adam Southeast Asia Globe 2018
Brothers and founders, James (left) and Adam (right) Photo: Gilmour Space Technologies

Gilmour Space Technologies, based in Singapore and Queensland, is developing its Eris-100 vehicle, which would be capable of carrying 100kg of cargo into low Earth orbit (LEO), and has further plans to build vehicles capable of carrying 400kg by 2021.

The company hopes to become involved in human spaceflight in the next few years.

“The small satellite revolution is gaining momentum globally, with thousands of small sats slated to launch into low-Earth orbits (LEO) over the next five years,” stated Gilmour Space Technologies founder and CEO Adam Gilmour in a press release.

A recent round of funding saw the company raise $13.8m, with the majority coming from venture capital firms such as 500 Startups, Main Sequence Ventures and Blackbird Ventures.

Vishal Harnal, a partner at 500 Startups, said: “The Gilmour Space team is a prime example of the exciting new generation of entrepreneurs we are seeing emerge from Southeast Asia in the ‘deep technology’ space.”

In February the then- Singaporean Trade and Industry Minister S Iswaran stated that Singapore could tap into the space industry’s shift to small satellites for business opportunities while speaking at the Global Space and Technology Convention.

He said: “Flying in formation demands high-precision navigation and high complexity engineering, and we look forward with confidence to Singapore becoming one of the first few nations in the world to accomplish this.”

In the same speech, Iswaran lauded the recent collaboration between Gilmour Space Technologies and the Singapore University of Technology and Design to cooperate on 3D printing the components needed for small rockets.

Small rocket engine test being done at the Singapore factory Southeast Asia Globe 2018
Small rocket engine test being done at the Singapore factory Photo: Gilmour Space Technologies

The company was also recognised by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, during a speech made to then-Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, when the company was mentioned as an example of the personal and business ties between the two countries.

Hsien Loong said: “Gilmour launched a rocket in Queensland last year, which was powered by 3D printed fuel. It is the first Singaporean company to do so and the project can dramatically reduce the cost of rocket launches.”

Gilmour warned that other satellite companies will be hindered by high launch costs and limited launch opportunities. He also is aware of the challenges of the small-rocket industry in Southeast Asia.

“We’re one of the first privately-owned rocket companies in Southeast Asia, so there has been a general lack of knowledge about space and launch among the government entities and investors in the region. Of course, the story is very different in North Asia, where Japan and China are major space nations. But with countries like Indonesia and Thailand now starting to get interested in rockets, that will change.”

Gilmour believes he can overcome these challenges. He said: “What customers – in Singapore and elsewhere – want are reliable, timely and affordable launches that get their payloads to where they need it to be.”

“This round of investment will give us the safe runway we need to build and launch our first commercial hybrid rocket to orbit in 2020.”