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Newsletter -No.056, 30/Jun/2009

1. Korea's First Space Launch Complex Opened, 11 June 2009

2. The first Space Applications for Environment (SAFE) Workshop, May 25-26, 2009, Thailand

3. STAR eNews - From STAR Program Office

4. Introduction to RazakSAT (Malaysia's remote sensing satellite)

5. 7th Annual Mekong Flood Forum (AMFF-7)

6. [[Event Information - July - August 2009]]

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1. Korea's First Space Launch Complex Opened, 11 June 2009
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The first South Korean space launch complex, NARO Space Center, was officially opened on 11 June 2009. The space center is located in Goheung, and covering about 5 million square meters.
The Ministry of Education and Science Technology (MEST) and the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) are planning to launch the first satellite from the NARO Space Center on 30 July 2009. The rocket, Korea Space Launch Vehicle (KSLV-1 or Naro), will inject a small scientific satellite into low earth orbit.

KARI website: http://www.kari.re.kr/english/index.asp

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2. The first Space Applications for Environment (SAFE) Workshop, May 25-26, 2009, Thailand
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The first Space Applications for Environment (SAFE) Workshop successfully closed its two days of programs on May 26, 2009 in Pattaya, Thailand. There were more than 60 participants representing 29 organizations from 17 counties and 2 international organizations from the Asia and Pacific regions. The main topic of this workshop was "Implementation Plan for SAFE and the way forward". Seven prototype candidates were presented from four countries, and two candidates (Water Cycle & Agriculture: Cambodia; and Forest Monitoring: Lao PDR) were chosen for the next prototype activities. The follow-up meeting will be held this summer, and will be reported at the APRSAF-16, which will be held in Thailand in early 2010.

SAFE Workshop website: http://safe.gistda.or.th/
SAFE website: http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/SAFE/

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3. STAR eNews - From STAR Program Office
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STAR program office was opened at JAXA Sagamihara campus in April 2009. The National Space Agency of Malaysia (ANGKASA), Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) and Vietnam Academy of Sciences and Technology/Space Technology Institute (VAST/STI) are expected to join the program. Mr. Tsuji, senior engineer of JAXA, and his team set up the office for STAR program participants. Two LAPAN participants arrived at Sagamihara campus of JAXA on May 30 and GISTDA participants arrived on June 17. Other participates will arrive as soon as their necessary procedures are completed. As an introduction of STAR program, "Satellite Technology Seminar" started on June 1st and they will have lectures and practices of around 30 themes until August. In parallel they will start the system study of Earth Observation Satellite (EO-STAR) and development of Technical Experiment Satellite (Micro-STAR satellite). STAR eNews will appear in APRSAF website soon and you will be able to read vivid stories of STAR program. Don't miss it!

*STAR (Satellite Technology for the Asia-Pacific Region)

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4. Introduction to RazakSAT (Malaysia's remote sensing satellite)
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Malaysia's remote sensing satellite, RazakSAT, is scheduled to be launched from U.S.A. on July 14, 2009. RazakSAT is a small Low Equatorial Orbit (LEO) satellite that carries the electro-optical payload of a Medium-sized Aperture Camera (MAC) - a pushbroom camera with 5 linear detectors (1 panchromatic, 4 multi-spectral). RazakSAT was named after the second prime minister of Malaysia, Tun Abdul Razak (known as the Father of Malaysian Development) a moniker given to him by the former prime minister of Malaysia, Tun Mahathir Mohamad.

Full text of the article: http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_93.php

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5. 7th Annual Mekong Flood Forum (AMFF-7)
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About 120 participants attended the 7th Annual Mekong Flood Forum, 13 and 14 May 2009, Bangkok, Thailand. The Forum was organized by the Mekong River Commission- Regional Flood Management and Mitigation Centre (MRC-RFMMC) in cooperation with the Thai National Mekong Committee. The theme was 'Integrated flood risk management in the Mekong River Basin'. The participants were involved in two days of interesting presentations, discussions and exchanges of information on the theme and topics of the Forum. Based on this the following statements were produced and supported by the participants at the concluding session of the Forum.

Full text of the article: http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_92.php

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6. [[Event Information - July - August 2009]]
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* July 5-9
AOGS 2010 | 7th Annual General Meeting
Hyderabad, India
http://www.asiaoceania.org/society/index.asp

*July 5-12
27th International Space Technology and Science (ISTS)
Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan
http://www.ists.or.jp/

*July 13-17
18th IMACS WORLD CONGRESS - MODSIM09
Cairns, Australia
http://www.mssanz.org.au/modsim09/

*July 24-26
Health GIS 2009
Hyderabad, India
http://e-geoinfo.net/healthgis2009/

* August 11-15
6th Annual General Meeting (AOGS 2009)
Singapore
http://www.asiaoceania.org/aogs2009/index.asp

*August 18-10
First International Conference on Aerospace Sciences and Engineering(ICASE-2009)
Islamabad, Pakistan
http://www.pec.org.pk/_SeminarIST.aspx

*August 18-20
Map Asia 2009
Singapore
http://www.mapasia.org/

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