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The WINDS "KIZUNA" Symposium and Workshop 2009 Comments from Participants

On February 24, 2009, the WINDS "KIZUNA" (Japanese satellite) Symposium and Workshop 2009 was organized by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT) with the support of the Japanese government to discuss the topic of "Toward new and closer bonds in the Asia-Pacific region by using WINDS".
A total of 277 participants from 13 countries (Japan, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Lao PDR, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Philippines, Federated States of Micronesia, and the USA (Hawaii)) attended the symposium.


Dr. Tan Su Wei

First of all, I certainly think that the WINDS Symposium 2009 was a successful one. It is a great platform to share ideas and experiences for those who have or will be conducting experiments relating to WINDS. From the symposium, it is clear that there are quite a number of experiments of a similar nature. It would be beneficial to all WINDS participants if there was some form of information repository or forum to share problems and experiences. I believe this is an important factor in ensuring the success of WINDS experiments. From another angle, experimentation relating to WINDS not only promotes research on or using high-speed satellite systems, it also encourages collaboration among countries in Asia. Hopefully, all the experiments will achieve their respective targets and fully explore the potential of WINDS.

Presentation materials from the symposium can be accessed at the following Web site:

JAXA and NICT have established Web sites for those who are considering using Kizuna. If you are interested, please refer to these sites.
JAXA Kizuna (WINDS) experiment promotion site:

NICT ultra-high speed Internet satellite site:


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