The 18th Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-18) Singapore, December 6-9, 2011
APRSAF-18 started on December 6th at Marina Mandarin Hotel in Singapore.
Day 1 & Day 2: Working Group sessions
2-day sessions of four working groups were held on 6th and 7th.
EO working group
CSA working group
SEA working group
SEU working group
EO&CSA Joint session
EO, SEA&SEU Joint Session
Astronaut Mr. Noguchi on Key note
Photo of Singapore taken
by Mr. Noguchi from ISS
Day 3 & Day 4: Plenary session
On Dec 8, the APRSAF Plenary session started with Singaporean Dance.
Following the cultural performance, opening remarks were made by Mr. Joseph Hui, Deputy Chief Executive, Technology & Corporate Development, National Environment Agency, Singapore, and keynote addresses were delivered by co-organizers, Dr. Tetsuhiko Ikegami, Chairman, Space Activities Commission (SAC), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan and Mr. Tan Choo Shian, Deputy Managing Director, Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore.
Mr. Joseph Hui
Dr. Tetsuhiko Ikegami
Mr. Tan Choon Shian
General Co-chairs, Dr. Ikegami & Mr. Hui
Country reports from Asia-Pacific countries were presented following the summary of APRSAF-17, reported by Australia. There were also presentations by NASA and international organizations. The country reports and presentations were followed by active discussion by participants.
APRSAF-17 summary by Australia
Questions/comments from the floor
In the morning session of the second day of the Plenary, reports on three APRSAF initiative activities, Sentinel Asia, STAR joined by UNIFORM, and SAFE were presented. A report on the previous day's astronaut event was also given. In the afternoon, four APRSAF working groups, EO, CSA, SEA, and SEU summarized their 2-day sessions, and gave their recommendations to the Plenary.
Sentinel Asia report
Joint report by STAR & UNIFORM
Astronaut event report
After the reports, APRSAF-18 recommendations were adopted by all participants.
At the very end of the APRSAF-18, it was announced that APRSAF-19 would be hosted by ANGKASA (Malaysia) and held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from December 11 to 14, 2012.
Technical tours were conducted in the afternoon of Day 4, Dec 9.
Tour 1: CRISP
Tour 2: ST Electronics
Water Rocket Competition (3rd and 4th)
SAFE workshop (5th)
Poster contest (6th-9th)
In the evening of Day 2, Dec 7, APRSAF-18 special event, entitled "Asian's in Space: Achievements of Human Spaceflight in Asian Countries" was held at the Science Centre Singapore (SCS), featuring four astronauts/cosmonauts, Dr. Prunariu (Romania), Mr. Noguchi (Japan), Dr. Mussabayev (Kazakhstan) and Dr. Shukor (Malaysia). Not only APRSAF-18 participants but also the general public from Singapore, including young students, enjoyed the event.