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APRSAF News <27 Jul 2006 #005>

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1. [[ Disaster Management Activity ]]
The 2nd Joint Project Team Meeting (JPTM) for Sentinel Asia project/27-28 June, 2006, Bangkok

2. [[ Workshop Report ]]
APRSAF Workshop for the Satellite Communications Experiments /29-30 June, 2006, Bangkok

3. [[ Satellite News ]]
Earth Observation Satellites

4. [[ Event Information ]]

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1. [[ Disaster Management Activity ]]
The 2nd Joint Project Team Meeting (JPTM) for Sentinel Asia project/27-28 June, 2006, Bangkok
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The 2nd Joint Project Team Meeting (JPTM) for establishing the Disaster Management Support System in the Asia-Pacific Region was held on June 27-28, 2006 at Nai Lert Park Bangkok Hotel, Thailand, organized by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in cooperation with the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific(UNESCAP) and the Geo-Information and Space Technology Development Agency(GISTDA).

The meeting was attended by 124 people from 54 organizations in 19 countries and from 8 International Organizations.

The participants were welcomed by Dr.Vichit Satharanond, Chairman of GISTDA Executive, Mr. Hideshi Kozawa, Associate Executive Director of JAXA, and Mr. Wu Guoxing, Chief of the Space Technology Applications Section, ICT Division, UNESCAP.

Following the keynote speeches by Dr. Keiji Tachikawa, President of JAXA, and Dr. Thongchai Charuppat, Director of GISTDA, the participants made active and constructive discussions, and the results were as described below:

1. A better understanding of SA System by JPT members was obtained through a demonstration of its prototype. As a result, it was recognized to be necessary to take the Internet bandwidth of each country into consideration in designing SA System.

2. The member organizations reported their Action Plans for data distribution, user interfaces, capacity building and so on.

3. The Wild Fire Working Group and the Flood Working Group have been established after their Action Plans were agreed upon.

4. The status of ALOS operation, including disaster observation, was reported and the operational interfaces for ALOS observation requests were clarified.

5. Training programs for SA will be finalized and be carried out, as well as the secretariat will give out and disseminate developed training materials.

6. Roles of the each node, in the SA Implementation Plan, were clarified. The participant lists of the each node for SA were updated: 44 organizations from 18 countries and 7 international organizations confirmed to participate in the Node(s).

7. Sentinel-Asia will begin to operate in October 2006, and the Sentinel Asia project will be reported at APRSAF-13 in November, 2006.

More details can be obtained at:
http://www.aprsaf.org/text/wg_meeting_thailand.html

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2. [[ Workshop Report ]]
APRSAF Workshop for the Satellite Communications Experiments /29-30 June, 2006, Bangkok
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The Workshop for the Satellite Communications Experiments was held on June 29-30, 2006 in Bangkok, Thailand, organized by JAXA in cooperation with National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan (NICT). The workshop aimed to provide a good opportunity for exchanging the latest information on satellite communications in the Asia-Pacific region.

In total, 51 people from 27 agencies in 8 countries gathered the workshop, and following were the results:

1.It was recognized to be necessary to hold the workshop regularly.

2.It was recognized to be necessary to develop a basic experiment plan for WINDS and to find ways to coordinate an experiment program.

3.The summary of this workshop will be reported at APRSAF-13.

4.JAXA will propose establishing a “WINDS forum” to all the workshop participants.

5.JAXA will provide more detailed information on technical specifications of WINDS in order to develop experiment plans.

More details can be obtained at:
http://www.aprsaf.org/text/wg_csa_thailand.html

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3. [[ Satellite News ]]
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The following Earth observation satellites will be launched in the near future:

< Satellite name : launch date > Country
Sensor/ Resolution/ Coverage
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< KOMPSAT 2 : Jul 2006 > Korea
PAN/ 1m/ 15Km
Multi/ 4m/ 15Km
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< TerraSAR-X : Oct 2006 > Germany
spot light/ 1-3m/ 10Km
ScanSAR/ 15-30m/ 100-200Km
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< RADARSAT-2 : Mar 2007 > Canada
Ultra-fine/ 3m/ 20Km
Fine/ 8m/ 50Km
ScanSR W/ 100m/ 500Km
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< OrbView-5 : early 2007 > U.S.A
PAN/ 0.41m/ 15.2Km
Mult/ 1.64m/ 15.2Km
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< WorldView-1 : early 2007 > U.S.A
PAN/ 0.5m/ 16Km
Mult/ 1.8m/ 16Km
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< THEOS : Mid 2007 > Thailand
PAN/ 2m/ 22Km
Mult/ 15m/ 90Km
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We hope satellite data use in the Asia-Pacific region will be stimulated by these satellite launches!

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4. [[ Event Information ]]
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<< APRSAF Annual Conference >>

The 13th Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum(APRSAF-13)
-Date: November 22 (Wed.) to 24 (Fri.), 2006
-Place: Jakarta, Indonesia
-Co-organizers: Ministry of Research and Technology Indonesia (RISTEK),
National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN),
Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT),
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)

The following Working-Group Sessions will be held during APRSAF-13:
Earth Observation WG
Communication Satellite Applications WG
Space Education and Awareness WG
International Space Station WG

Taking this opportunity, the 2nd APRSAF Water Boost Rocket Event will be held on 24-25 November as an educational event.

More details of APRSAF-13 will be announced in due course and also be posted on the following website:
http://www.aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf13/


* July 31 (Mon), 2006 “SELENE Symposium” (Tokyo, Japan)
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The symposium “Countdown SELENE -New Generation In Lunar Exploration-” to introduce the SELENE mission and future lunar Exploration plans of JAXA, and overseas space agencies. Panelists will have a discussion about "the prospect for SELENE and beyond."
http://www.jsfws.info/selene_sympo/en/index.html

* July 31 (Mon) - Aug 4 (Thur), 2006 “IGARSS 2006” (Denver, Colorado)
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The IEEE International Geoscience and Remote sensing Symposium 2006 and27th Canadian Symposium on Remote Sensing

* Aug 1-2 (Tue, Wed), 2006 "16th Workshop on JAXA" (Kanagawa, Japan)
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Astrodynamics and Flight Mechanics
The theme of this symposium is flight mechanics of spacecraft and their applications.
http://www.hayabusa.isas.jaxa.jp/kawalab/astro/

* Aug 29 (Tue)-Sept 1 (Fri), 2006 “Map Asia 2006” (Bangkok, Thailand)
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* Oct 9 (Mon)-13 (Fri), 2006 “27th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing”
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(Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia)
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* Nov 5 (Sun)-8 (Wed), 2006 “International Conference on Space Technology
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& GEO-Informatics 2006” (Pattaya City, Thailand)
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* Nov 20 (Mon)-24 (Fri), 2006 “The 13th Australasian Remote Sensing and
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Photogrammetry Conference” (Canberra, Australia)
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<< CEOS Activities >>

Followings are the planned activities of Committee on Earth Observation Satellites (CEOS).
CEOS-related meetings are open only to designated participants.

* Sept 19 (Tue)-20 (Wed), 2006 “CEOS SIT” (Scripps, La Jolla, USA)
* Mid Sept, 2006 “CEOS WGISS-22” (NASA, Annapolis, USA)
* Mid Sept, 2006 “IGOS Partners, IGWCO” (Capacity Buil, Indonesia)
* Oct 2 (Mon)-6 (Fri), 2006 “IAF” (Valencia)
* Nov 6 (Mon)-17 (Fri), 2006 “COP-12” (Kenya)
* Nov 20 (Mon), 2006 "CEOS Plenary - 20th Plenary" (CONAE, Buenos Aires)

* URL: http://www.ceos.org/

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