November 15-18, 2022
November 15-18, 2022
This year, APRSAF is pleased to have held its 28th Annual Meeting (APRSAF-28) under the theme "Bridging Space Innovations Opportunities for a Sustainable and Prosperous Future" in a hybrid format in Hanoi, Vietnam, where many participants were able to meet in person for the first time in three years.
During this period, humanity has faced not only a pandemic, but also the challenges of global climate change and the resulting large-scale disasters. Space technologies such as earth observation, positioning and communications by satellite, along with other tools, have contributed to efforts to overcome such difficulties. Even as the world faces various challenges, we hope that APRSAF will continue to be a community that ensures openness for participation by diverse players, where each initiative can develop through global partnership, and where participants can move forward together into the future.
At this year’s APRSAF, participants engaged in lively discussions in the new working groups that were reorganized at APRSAF-27 in 2021. In addition, in line with the four goals set out in the "Nagoya Vision," a set of performance indicators for socio- economic development and for the resolution of social issues in the region, working groups confirmed the progress of each initiative and engaged in fruitful discussions on the next steps to be taken.
(1) Promoting solutions to a wide range of challenges on the ground
In the Asia-Pacific region, satellite data is used together with in-situ data to contribute to solving a wide range of challenges on the ground, namely climate change mitigation and adaptation, disaster management and other social issues. APRSAF recognized that the "Space Applications for Environment (SAFE)” initiative, an activity that promotes satellite-based environmental monitoring in the Asia-Pacific region, has made steady progress in solving common regional issues in relation to agriculture and water resources through multilateral cooperation. APRSAF also welcomes a new SAFE project “Methane Emissions from Rice Crops” led by Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC), the development of capacity-building activities in the region, such as the in-service use of SAFE results in AFSIS (ASEAN Food Security Information System) and the implementation of training programs with ASEAN and other countries.
Regarding the promotion of "Sentinel Asia," which aims to mitigate disaster damage using space technology, APRSAF welcomes its progress made through multilateral cooperation and contributions to the Sendai Framework for Disaster Reduction, as well as its strengthening of cooperation among disaster management stakeholders in activities that respond to the disaster cycle, which includes not only post-disaster situational assessment but also disaster mitigation and recovery, as part of Sentinel Asia STEP3.
APRSAF recognizes that it will continue to strengthen coordination and cooperation with space agencies, user organizations, international organizations, and development aid agencies, in addition to continuing discussions on the potential use of space technology such as earth observation and positioning satellites.
(2) Human resource development and improvement of scientific and technological capabilities
Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Kibo-ABC Initiative, APRSAF welcomes the continuation and development of various international cooperation projects such as Kibo Robot Programming Challenge, Asian Try Zero-G 2022, and Asian Herb in Space, as well as the increase in the number of countries and regions participating in Kibo-ABC activities. APRSAF recognizes that the activities conducted through the utilization of the Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo” on the International Space Station (ISS) (such as high-quality Protein Crystallization Growth experiments, micro satellite deployment KiboCUBE program) contribute to the development of science and technology and the achievement of the SDGs, such as human resource development by encouraging the participation of many young researchers, engineers and youth. ARPSAF also welcomes the continued regular exchange of information that took place in relation to international space exploration.
Additionally, APRSAF welcomes the launch of the “ Space Education Regional Congress,” which will collect practical examples of space education with higher education institutions, aiming to contribute to the development of the next generation of human resources in the Asia-Pacific region through space education activities.
As efforts to create new services by building constellations of nano and small satellites are accelerating around the world, APRSAF welcomed the opportunity to share these latest technology trends and methods related to systems engineering/project management in each country, and to exchange information to improve space technology development capabilities throughout the region. In addition, APRSAF welcomes efforts to build a Safety and Mission Assurance (S&MA) community throughout the Asia region by sharing the latest status on Safe and Sustainable Space Activities for orbital utilization, and by introducing and discussing S&MA activities in each country that are critical to the success of their missions.
APRSAF hopes to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs through these efforts to develop human resources and improve scientific and technological capabilities.
(3) Improving policy implementation capacity for common regional issues
APRSAF welcomes the exchange of information and discussions on the status of national initiatives on global policy issues, such as the long-term sustainability of space activities, with new participating countries in the second phase of the “National Space Legislation Initiative (NSLI),” which aims to improve participating countries’ policy implementation capacity to address common regional issues. APRSAF also welcomes the exchange of information and discussions among the community of space law and policy practitioners on the contribution of space activities to the SDGs from a policy perspective and held the first session fully devoted to promoting the next generation of space law and policy researchers. In addition, APRSAF recognizes the need for space industry promotion policies by governments to be established through discussions with industry and international organizations.
(4) Promoting Participation of New Players and Diverse Collaborations in the Region
APRSAF recognized the importance of increasing roles of government to promote the development of private sector for space innovation based on enhanced communication with industry partners.
Through discussions between the public and private sector participants in the space industry workshops and related sessions in the Plenary, we confirmed that APRSAF contributes to the growth of space business and functions as a place where space innovations are generated through partnerships with public /private, international, and industry partners. And it was also confirmed that we will continue to provide opportunities to generate space innovation and to enhance our efforts.
APRSAF-28 was concluded with the participants confirming that they will continue to contribute to the SDGs, the social and economic development of the Asia-Pacific region, and to the resolution of regional issues through engaging in the aforementioned activities of APRSAF. APRASAF also recognized that it is important to promote the involvement of future generations and diverse participation in related space activities.
The 29th annual meeting of APRSAF (APRSAF-29) will be held in Indonesia in 2023 and the 30th annual meeting of APRSAF (APRSAF-30) will be held in Australia in 2024.