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November 6-9, 2018

Singapore Singapore

Working Groups




Dr. Shinichi Sobue, JAXA
Dr. Lal Samarakoon, JAXA consultant


November 5, 2018

9:00-10:45 TOR Writing Team Meeting (Closed)
・Review of the outcomes of the TOR Writing Team Meeting in SAFE Workshop at SKP, GISTDA on 5-6 July 2018 and follow-up communications
・New TOR and SAFE Projects; Round tables and discussions
・Session wrap-up
10:45-11:00 Registration Open, Welcome Coffee
11:00-11:25 Opening Session
11:00 ・Opening remarks
11:05 ・Introductions by all participants
11:13 ・Agenda adoption
11:15 ・Introduction of SAFE, Review of the Outcomes of the APRSAF/SAFE Workshop at SKP, GISTDA on 5-6 July 2018
11:25-12:45 Reports on Prototypes and Follow-up Activities
11:25 ・Smoke haze monitoring in Indonesia [on-going]
(Ms. Khalifah Insan Nur Rahmi, LAPAN, Indonesia)
11:45 ・Promote rice-planted areas and production estimation using space based technologies [follow-up]
(Mr. Men Sothy, DPS, MAFF, Cambodia)
12:05 ・Mapping and monitoring oil palm plantations using optical and SAR spaceborne data [follow-up]
(Ms. Ita Carolita, LAPAN, Indonesia)
12:25 ・Efficient oil-palm management prototyping using 3D GIS [follow-up]
(Mr. Mohd Na'aim Bin Samad, FGVRD, Malaysia)
12:45-14:00 Lunch Break (Group Photo)
13:30 ・Review Board Meeting (Closed)
14:00-14:30 Propose the new TOR and way forward to SAWG
14:30-15:00 SAFE Workshop Wrap-up
14:30 ・Wrap-up report
14:45 ・Closing remarks

Concept Note (PDF VERSION

1. Scope and Objectives of SAFE activities

SAFE (Space Applications For Environment) is a voluntary initiative for environmental monitoring, which was endorsed at APRSAF-15.
This session aims to report on the current activities of SAFE, and includes a discussion by the Space Applications Working Group (SAWG).

1) SAFE Workshop
The SAFE workshop will be held on Day 0 of the SAWG (5 November, 2018) at Nanyang Technological University in cooperation with its School of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE). During this workshop, current SAFE prototype leads will report on the status and results of their prototype activities, as well as those of the follow-up activities of completed prototypes. In addition, as an evolution of the SAFE initiative, there is a plan to revise the SAFE new Terms of Reference (TOR) in order to promote active participation and promotion of the initiative by the diversity of end users. The revision of the TOR is made for effective implementation of earth observation data to solve some of the common regional issues regarding agriculture and water resource management, and for knowledge transfer and capacity building in the Asia-Pacific region, through joint management by space agencies (including ISRO, GISDTA, and JAXA, etc.) and cooperation with international organizations and donor organizations.

2) SAFE InitiativeReport in the SAWG
The SAFE secretariat will report current status and updates of SAFE activities on Day 2 of the SAWG (7 November, 2018); the updates will mainly focus on ongoing and completed SAFE prototype activities and where necessary a summary of success stories with follow-up activities. It is expected that the SAFE TOR writing team co-chair will propose the new (revised) TOR.

3) Announcement of the next SAFE Workshop
The SAFE secretariat will announce the date of the next SAFE Workshop.

2. Result of SAFE Activities in APRSAF-24

See Joint Statement adopted at APRSAF-24:

Contact for Further Information

Mr. Kohei Kawamura
E-mail: Z-SAFEml.jaxa.jp TEL: +81-50-3362-6386


Participants Only


Mr. Cheng Hai Tan, SSTA
Mr. Fumiaki Tanigaki, JAXA


November 6, 2018

9:00 Opening Remarks Co-Chairs
9:10 Review of Kibo-ABC Recommendations from APRSAF-24 Mr. Kazuo Umezawa, JAXA
Activities around Asian Try Zero G
9:20 Report from Japan Mr. Fumiaki Tanigaki, JAXA / Mr. Toru Mori, JAXA/AES
9:40 Report from Indonesia Mr. Fitri Nurameni, LAPAN
9:55 Report from Malaysia Mr. Helmy Hashim, ANGKASA
10:10 Report from Philippines Dr. Rogel Mari Sese, DOST
10:25 Report from Thailand Dr. Namchai Chewawiwat, NSTDA
10:40 Photo Session / Coffee Break
11:10 Report from Singapore Ms. Jermaine Tan, SSTA
11:25 Report from Vietnam Mr. Nguyen Tuan Dat, STI
Asian Herb in Space (AHiS)
11:40 Status Review and discussion Moderator: Mr. Kyoichi Arakane, JAXA/AES
Parabolic Flight Opportunities
12:10 Discussion about future possibilities Moderator: Mr. Fumiaki Tanigaki, JAXA
Robot Competition in Asia with Astrobee and Int-Ball
12:25 Announcement from JAXA Mr. Kazuo Umezawa, JAXA
12:35 Wrap up - Review of Recommendations and Action Items Co-Chairs and all
13:00 Adjourn

Concept Note (PDF VERSION

1. Scope and Objectives

Kibo-ABC is a collaborative program established by the Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG) of the APRSAF that aims to promote utilization of the Japan Experiment Module (JEM)—also called “Kibo,” which means “hope” in Japanese—in the Asia-Pacific region. Kibo is a manned space facility that enhances the unique research capabilities of the International Space Station. Kibo-ABC accumulates and shares experience among participating space agencies, researchers and engineers in Asia, and promotes cooperation projects in Kibo utilization between the member countries and Japan. These activities are conducted jointly with member countries that have consented to the Terms of Reference (TOR) of Kibo-ABC.

The Kibo-ABC Workshop will be held on 6 November 2018.

  • Development of multilevel cooperative relationships among participating countries
  • Discussions and considerations for creating and conducting Kibo utilization projects

2. Activities of Kibo-ABC and Discussion Points of the Workshop

■ Asian Try Zero-G:
With the goal of promoting manned space experiments aboard Kibo, Japanese astronauts have been conducting selected small experiments covering the themes proposed by youth in this region. “Asian Try Zero-G 2018” experiments were successfully performed by the Japanese astronaut Norishige Kanai onboard Kibo with the participation of seven Asian countries: Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam on February 13, 2018. The Experiment Results Meeting of “Asian Try Zero-G 2018” will be held in July 2018. The activities, including publicity events in participating countries, will be reported at the Workshop. A plan of the next project will be also discussed there.

■ Space Experiment for Asian Future Program, SSAF/Space Seeds for the Asian Future:
The third mission of this program, “Asian Herb in Space (AHiS),” was presented by Malaysia. Malaysian National Space Agency (ANGKASA) and JAXA have conducted feasibility studies and ground experiments from both scientific and technical perspectives with the aim of conducting plant growth experiments as part of Kibo-ABC. The preparatory activities, experiment plan, and additional mission to AHiS will be discussed among participating countries at the Workshop.

■ Other topics:

  • Kibo-ABC Monthly Multilateral Web Meeting: Discussion for improvement

Contact for Further Information

Mr. Kazuo Umezawa
E-mail: Kibo-ABCaprsaf.org TEL: +81-50-3362-2669