2. Annual Meetings
  3. APRSAF-18
  4. Working Groups


Overall APRSAF-18

Group photo

Group Photo

APRSAF-18 started on December 6th at Marina Mandarin Hotel in Singapore.

  • Entrance

  • Registration desk

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

  • SAFE report

  • Astronaut event report

  • EO WG  

  • CSA WG

  • SEA WG

  • SEU WG

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

Side Event

  • 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.