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Newsletter -No.053, 30/April/ 2009

1. India Successfully Launched RISAT-2 and ANUSAT, April 2009

2. China Launched Two Satellites in April 2009

3. GEO Call for Proposals - Earth Observations in Decision Support

4. APRSAF Poster calendar 2009

5. Interviews

6. [[Event Information - May 2009]]

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1. India Successfully Launched RISAT-2 and ANUSAT, April 2009
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On April 20, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched two satellites called RISAT-2 and ANUSAT, aboard the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C12). RISAT-2 is a radar imaging satellite and will be used for Earth observations, especially for observing natural disasters. The other satellite, ANUSAT, is India's first experimental communication satellite and will demonstrate technologies related to the storage and forwarding operations of messages.

ISRO Press release: http://www.isro.org/pressrelease/Apr20_2009.htm

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2. China Launched Two Satellites in April 2009
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China successfully launched two satellites this month. One satellite was the navigation satellite Compass-G2, launched from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on April 15. The Compass Navigation Satellite System (CNSS) is a Chinese second-generation satellite navigation system capable of providing continuous, real-time passive 3D geo-spatial positioning and speed measurements. The other satellite is the remote sensing satellite Yaogan VI, launched from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center on April 22. Yaogan VI will be mainly used for surveys on land resources, environmental surveillance and protection, urban planning, crop yield estimates, disaster prevention and reduction, and space science experiments, according to the center.

China View:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-04/15/content_11187396.htm
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2009-04/22/content_11231715.htm

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3. GEO Call for Proposals - Earth Observations in Decision Support
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The Group on Earth Observations (GEO, www.earthobservations.org) has issued a Call for Proposals (CFP) entitled "Earth Observations in Decision Support Projects". CFP is focused on promoting practical
applications of Earth observations to improve decision making, and it seeks to highlight specific examples in which Earth observations provide societal benefit. There is a strong focus on helping developing countries to build capacity with Earth observations.

Full text of the article:http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_86.php

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4. APRSAF Poster Calendar 2009
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As you may already know, APRSAF poster calendar 2009 has been published by the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) Space Education and Awareness Working Group, which encourages the use of space materials to enhance education for young people and aims to stimulate the
intellectual curiosity and passion of young people by getting them involved in space activities.

You can download the calendar from the APRSAF website:
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_86.php

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5. Interviews
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The following interview reports are available from the APRSAF website.

- Operational Status of PRISM and Dream (ambition) of Developing Small Satellites in Asia-Pacific Regions
Interview with Dr. Shinichi Nakasuka, a professor at Tokyo University and a leading figure in the field of development of small satellites in Japan
*PRISM: PRISM is a student-led remote-sensing pico-satellite developed by the University of Tokyo. (It was launched in January 2009 with the Japanese Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT).)
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/interviews_2009/33.php

-Report on current operational status of small satellite "KKS-1" Interview with Dr. Ryoji Wakabayashi a professor of Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology, Japan
*KKS-1: KKS-1 is an educational satellite that has been developed by the students and teaching staff of Tokyo Metropolitan College of Industrial Technology, Japan. (It was launched in January 2009 with the Japanese Greenhouse Gases Observing Satellite (GOSAT).)
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/interviews_2009/35.php

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6. [[Event Information - May 2009]]
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*May 11-12
GIS for Disaster Risk Management
Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.adpc.net/v2007/images/pdf-icon.jpg

*May 13-14
7th Annual Mekong Flood Forum
Bangkok, Thailand
http://www.mrcmekong.org/MRC_news/7th-annual-mekong-flood-forum.htm

*May 20-22
Joint Urban Remote Sensing Event
Shanghai, China
http://www.urban-remote-sensing-2009.org.cn/

*May 21-22
GEOSS Sensor Web Workshop
Ibaraki, Japan
http://www.opengeospatial.org/event/090521_geoss

*May 25-26
The first Space Application For Environment (SAFE) workshop
Pattaya, Thailand
http://safe.gistda.or.th/

*May 25-29
EOGC2009 (the Second International Conference on Earth Observation for
Global Changes)
Chengdu, China
http://www.eogc2009.com.cn/


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