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ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE AGENCY FORUM
Newsletter -No.057, 28/Aug/2009
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**CONTENTS
1. The 2nd Joint Project Team Meeting for Sentinel Asia STEP-2,
15-17 July, 2009, Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel, Bali, Indonesia

2. KOICA-ICAO Joint Program on the Global Navigation Satellite System

3. LAPAN Launched RX-420 Rocket

4. China to Launch Lunar Probe Chang'e-2 before 2011

5. News from Mongolia: Telecom services over Satellite Communications

6. Malaysia's RazakSAT, aboard Falcon1, Successfully Launched

7. Event Information - Sep-Oct 2009

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1.The 2nd Joint Project Team Meeting for Sentinel Asia STEP-2,
15-17 July, 2009, Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel, Bali, Indonesia
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The 2nd Joint Project Team Meeting for Sentinel Asia STEP-2 was held from 15-17 July, 2009, at the Discovery Kartika Plaza Hotel, Bali in Indonesia.
A total of 117 people representing 43 organizations from 18 countries and 7 international organizations attended, the current status of Sentinel Asia STEP-2 was reported, and ideas for future Sentinel Asia were also discussed.

*** Reference ***
Sentinel Asia Website:
http://dmss.tksc.jaxa.jp/sentinel/

ADRC Highlight Vol. 197:
http://www.adrc.asia/highlights/NewsNo197

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2. KOICA-ICAO Joint Program on the Global Navigation Satellite System
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KOICA conducted a training program "KOICA-ICAO Joint Program on Global Navigation Satellite System" for 14 participants from 14 countries as part of the Korean government's grant aid and technical cooperation program for 2009. The joint program was held from July 9-24. The course objectives involved providing detailed information on the GNSS signal, its processing by the receiver, the techniques by which GNSS obtains the position and time, and so on.

* KOICA: Korean International Cooperation Agency
* ICAO: International Civil Aviation Organization

Full text of the article: http://www.koica.go.kr/english/board/new/1215825_1967.html
(KOICA Website)

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3. LAPAN Launched RX-420 Rocket
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The Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) successfully launched an RX-420 rocket on a trial basis on 2 July, 2009 from the launch site in Pameungpeuk, several kilometers from the town of Garut, West Java. They launched the rocket to obtain technical data toward the development of the "Roket Pengorbit Satelit (RPS)".
Dr. Adi Sadewo, Chairman, LAPAN said that they managed to examine the parameters and obtain technical data.
The four-stage rocket RPS consists of three RX-420 and an RX-320. LAPAN plans to launch "Nano Satelit", a small satellite by RPS, in 2014.

Full text of the article: http://www.lapan.go.id/doc_news/Lapan%20Luncurkan%20RX%20420.pdf
(LAPAN News, in Indonesian)

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4. China to Launch Lunar Probe Chang'e-2 before 2011
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The research and development for Chang'e-2, the back-up satellite for China's Lunar Probe Chang'e-1, is proceeding smoothly and it will take off before 2011.
Chang'e-2 will precede the scientific task and conduct advanced scientific investigations into element distribution, the depth of the lunar regolith and the space environment of the earth and moon.

Full text of the article: http://english.cas.ac.cn/Eng2003/news/detailnewsb.asp?infoNo=27849
(Chinese Academy of Sciences Website)

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5. News from Mongolia: Telecom services over Satellite Communications
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An Intelsat A standard satellite earth station was installed in Ulaanbaatar to establish international telecom services between Ulaanbaatar and Hong Kong as an international gateway and transmit national television programs throughout Mongolia in 1991. The earth station was named "NARAN".
National TV programs were broadcast through the Asiasat satellite during the period 1991-1997. The transmission of national TV program was shifted from the Asiasat system to the Intelsat satellite due to the Mongolia Telecom company signing an Operating Agreement with Intelsat; becoming its 142nd Signatory in 1998.
The broadcast of four television programs was commenced on Intelsat 704 at 66E on frequency band C from the year 2005. This was the first time digital technology had been used on the DVB-S standard for satellite television broadcasting in Mongolia.
With regard to government policy, there are plans to broadcast 10 television programs via the Apstar 6 satellite on the Ku frequency band this year.
Mongolia Telecom initially introduced the VSAT satellite communications system in 4 administrative divisions and sub divisions by 1998.
Now many companies have established VSAT networks and provide telecom services throughout Mongolia. In addition, the VSAT system is frequently used for the backhaul network between BSC and cellular network base stations.
The Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology of the Mongolian University of Science and Technology prepares engineers and professionals in the field of satellite communications.
The strategic goal of the Government of Mongolia is to launch a compact and multi-purpose space communication satellite and create a Internet transmission back-up exit in the geo-constant location allocated to Mongolia by the ITU by 2015.

(reported by Dr. Amgalanbat Batsuren, Director General, Policy and Planning Department Information, Communications Technology and Post Authority (ICTPA), Mongolia)

Full text of the article: http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_98.php

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6. Malaysia's RazakSAT, aboard Falcon1, Successfully Launched
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Malaysia's RazakSAT was launched by the Falcon 1 Flight 5 launch vehicle and placed into scheduled Earth orbit.
Falcon 1, a two-stage, liquid oxygen/rocket-grade kerosene vehicle, lifted off on Monday, July 13, at 8:35 pm (PDT). The launch was from the Reagan Test Site (RTS) on Omelek Island at the U.S. Army Kwajalen Atoll (USAKA) in the Pacific Ocean, approximately 2,500 miles (4,000km) southwest of Hawaii.

* 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).

Full text of the article: http://www.spacex.com/press.php?page=20090715
(SpaceX Website)

* For more information about RazakSAT: http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_98.php

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7. Event Information
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* APSCC 2009 (Sep. 29 - Oct. 1)
http://www.apscc.or.kr/event/apscc2009.asp

* National Space Camp Woomera 2009 (Oct. 1-5)
http://www.spaceschool.sa.edu.au/

* World Space Week (Oct. 4-10)
http://www.worldspaceweek.org/

* International Astronautical Congress(Oct. 12-16)
http://www.iac2009.kr/

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