September 19-22, 2023
September 19-22, 2023
The Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) is pleased to have held its 29th Annual Meeting (APRSAF-29) this year in Jakarta, Indonesia, under the theme "Accelerating Space Economies through Regional Partnership."
Amid the global trend of private sector participation in space activities, increasingly diverse players are steadily participating in APRSAF, which is an Asia-Pacific regional networking and collaborative forum for space stakeholders such as space agencies, governmental bodies, private companies, international organizations, universities, and research institutions. The resulting convergence of space technologies with non-space technologies, such as terrestrial IoT technologies and services, is beginning to deliver new values for solving social issues.
In addition, the emergence of the private sector and public-private partnerships as the driving force for space activities and innovation will help to scale up the efforts to solve social issues, and bring about sustainable space activities, empowering socioeconomic development in the region.
In accordance with its Nagoya Vision, APRSAF maintained openness throughout the Forum, welcomed the participation of new players, held working group activities and workshop, reviewed the progress of each activity, and engaged in active discussions toward new initiatives.
(1) Promoting solutions to various issues common to the region
APRSAF recognizes the importance of solving common regional challenges, such as disaster management, climate change, and environmental issues, and contributing to solving global issues such as SDGs through the integrated use of Earth observation satellites, positioning satellites as well as ground information and together with diverse players, including the public and private sectors. APRSAF appreciates the advancement of Sentinel Asia's disaster monitoring activities, as its satellite-derived products such as images and data of disaster-affected areas are widely used not only by national disaster organizations, but also by international organizations that support them. With regard to results achieved in the multilateral agricultural projects under the SAFE Initiative, APRSAF welcomes the progress being made in discussions toward the establishment of a framework, by user organizations such as ASEAN, regarding the proactive use of satellite-derived estimates of paddy rice acreage from the Rice Monitoring project, in addition to satellite agro-meteorological information for rice crop outlook from the Agromet project. Furthermore, APRSAF welcomes the start of preparations for concrete cooperation, such as ground observations, in each country taking part in CH4Rice project to evaluate methene emission from paddy fields.
APRSAF welcomes the discussion on the promotion of cooperation among industry, government, and academia, through the integrated use of earth observation, positioning satellites, ground observation with IoT devices and socio-economic information, towards the implementation of services that contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation, and economic development in the Asia-Pacific region, and look forward to continued discussion for future initiatives.
APRSAF recognizes that it will continue to further enhance partnerships and cooperation with space agencies, user agencies, international organizations, and development assistance agencies to ensure its sustainable activities.
(2) Enhancing human resources development, science-technology capacity building
APRSAF recognizes that as multilateral, introductory “Kibo” utilization programs, the Kibo Robot Programming Challenge, Asian Try Zero-G, and Asian Herb in Space have been continuously carried out in various countries as a contribution to human resource development and the SDGs, and each activity has attracted a record number of participants, encouraging the participation of many young researchers, engineers, and youth, contributing to the development of human resources and the advancement of science and technology in the region. The Kibo Robot Programming Challenge, implemented under the Japan-US Cooperation Framework JP-US OP3, welcomes the newly joined UNOOSA and the participation of students from 30 countries and regions. Human resources development and the advancement of science and technology are also expected through the KiboCUBE and J-CUBE programs that provide educational and research institutions from developing countries with the opportunity to develop a CubeSat and have it deployed from Kibo using J-SSOD (JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer). APRSAF also welcomes the realization of proactive and academic utilization of “Kibo” by various countries, as seen in high-quality protein crystal growth experiments studied by UAE scientists, and sample analysis of mouse that reared in space by Thai researchers for aging research. Furthermore, information exchange on international space exploration initiatives has been ongoing. The first roundtable discussion amongst the participants of the Space Frontier Working Group was held, and it was meaningful as a stepping-stone towards the establishment of a future information-sharing platform.
APRSAF has continued high working-level discussions at the “Space Education Regional Congress” which was launched last year. Sharing practical examples and the exchanging views on space education, APRSAF has invited presentations by the practitioners of primary, secondary and higher education and by the student group in the youth empowerment session. APRSAF welcomes “Diversity and Inclusion for Space Education” session, organized for the first time, and the discussions that took place on future developments. As examples of the promotion of international space education, APRSAF hosted a poster contest, an online stargazing event which was webcasted live from various locations around the world, and an onsite stargazing event in Jakarta.
Held together with various players such as space agencies, universities, development assistance organizations, and industries in the Asia-Pacific region, APRSAF welcomes the exchange of information and discussions that contribute to the improvement of systems engineering (SE), project management (PM), and safety & mission assurance (S&MA) capabilities. They serve as the common technical foundation that enables various missions and potential future applications, utilizing micro and small satellites and constellations in the Asia-Pacific region and contributing to solving social issues. APRSAF also welcomes the exchange of information and discussions on the technical aspects of "safe and sustainable space utilization” in the Asia-Pacific region. In addition, it is expected that continuing these discussions will contribute to space community building and capacity building in this region, as well as to future international cooperation.
APRSAF respects diversity and looks forward to contributing to the achievement of the SDGs through its initiatives that nurture future generations and improve scientific and technological capabilities.
(3) Advancing capabilities in policy implementation on common issues in the region
APRSAF welcomes the achievements of the second phase of the “National Space Legislation Initiative (NSLI),” which has contributed to discussions on global policy issue in the Asia-Pacific region such as the long-term sustainability of space activities, with the aim of enhancing countries’ capability to implement policies on common regional issues and looks forward to the launch of the third phase of the NSLI and further development of its activities. In addition to the space legislation and policy practitioner community, APRSAF welcomes discussions with new space industry players concerning policy issues for space industry promotion, and the discussion on how space activities can contribute to the SDGs from a policy perspective. Moreover, by further promoting the formation and development of a space policy community, APRSAF hopes to contribute as a regional forum to the global challenges of improving each country’s ability to implement policies on common regional issues, as well as ensuring the long-term sustainability of space activities and the stable use of outer space.
(4) Encouraging participation of new players and diverse collaborations in the region
In light of the accelerating space economy in the Asia-Pacific region, the APRSAF welcomes the fact that it has further deepened communication with diverse players, including industry, and exchanged information and engaged in discussions with governments, space agencies, and industries with the aim of solving issues in the region. It is hoped that the discussions on space industry promotion in the Asia-Pacific region, which took place at the Space Industry Workshops (SIWS) and related sessions in the plenary, will be further continued and developed, contributing to the advancement of the space economy in the Asia-Pacific region.
APRSAF acknowledges the importance of accelerating the space economy through regional partnerships within its community and confirms that it will aim to solve social issues and contribute to socioeconomic development as well as the SDGs in the Asia-Pacific region through partnerships.
APRSAF recognizes that it is highly important to continue discussion among governments, space agencies, industries, and academia, both regionally and internationally, to ensure the implementation of the Long-term Sustainability Guidelines for the sustainable use of outer space and shares an understanding of the importance of collaboration among diverse players.
APRSAF recognizes regionally common interests/objectives such as, enhancing space economy, achieving space sustainability, and minimizing the impact of climate change and natural disasters. It is important to promote partnerships among public and private sectors, both regionally and globally, to establish and nurture a healthy space ecosystem. It is also vital for the sustainability of the space sector to educate and nurture the next generation of space professionals in order to further strengthen our space economy.
In addition, in light of global changes since the adoption of its Nagoya Vision, APRSAF acknowledges to start discussions on updating the Nagoya Vision as necessary at the next Annual Meeting and concluded APRSAF-29.
The 30th Annual Meeting (APRSAF-30) will be held in Perth, Australia, on November 26-29, 2024, and the 31st Annual Meeting (APRSAF-31) will be held in the Philippines, in 2025.