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ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE AGENCY FORUM
Newsletter -No.059, 30/Sep/2009
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**CONTENTS
1. The Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) completed the final assembly of its first Communication, Ocean & Meteorological Satellite "COMS-1"

2. Approval for GSAT-11 / GSAT-10 Communication Satellites, India

3. First image from the RazakSAT recorded, Indonesia

4. HTV/H-IIB Successfully Launched and Its Berthing Completed, Japan

5. Special Announcement from the APRSAF Secretariat

6. Event Information - Sep-Oct 2009

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1. The Korea Aerospace Research Institute(KARI) completed the final assembly of its first Communication, Ocean & Meteorological Satellite "COMS-1"
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KARI announced on June 30 that the final assembly work of the satellite jointly carried out by KARI and EADS Astrium in France had been completed.
Measuring and adjusting alignment work for the attitude control system of the satellite, main sensor and propulsion system had been carried out until May, 2009 followed by a safety verification test. The final assembly work of the solar panel was also completed at the end of May.
Meanwhile, the Korea Meteorological Administration (KMA) announced on July 7 that the Korea Meteorological Satellite Center(KMSC) and Korea Ocean Research & Development Institute (KORDI) held a workshop on studying joint projects by both organizations in the field of satellite applications for launching COMS-1. KMA also announced on September 6 that a training program entitled "Improving the utilization technology of COMS satellite data" was to be carried out from September 7 through 23 for staff members of meteorological organizations in the Asia Pacific region for the launch of COMS-1 at the end of 2009.

KARI News dated June 30, 2009 (Korean)
http://www.kari.re.kr/02_cms/cms_view.asp?iMenu_seq=255&strViewState=view&iPage=1&iSeq=5003

KMA News Release (Korean)
*Workshop
http://web.kma.go.kr/open/info/notify/notify.jsp?page=8&num=1191089&mode=view&field=&text=&order=&dir=&bid=notify&ses
http://web.kma.go.kr/servlet/Download?num=1191089&fno=2024&bid=notify&callback=http://web.kma.go.kr/open/info/notify/notify.jsp&ses (hwp file)
*Training program, "Improving the utilization technology of COMS satellite data"
http://web.kma.go.kr/open/info/notify/notify.jsp?mode=view&bid=notify&num=1191170
http://web.kma.go.kr/servlet/Download?num=1191170&fno=2122&bid=notify&callback=http://web.kma.go.kr/open/info/notify/notify.jsp&ses (hwp file)
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2. Approval for GSAT-11 / GSAT-10 Communication Satellites, India
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The Union Cabinet of India approved the undertaking of the design and development of GSAT-11 / GSAT-10 Communication Satellites at a total cost of Rs. 500 crores (around US$104million) / Rs.735 crores (around US$160 million) in July / August respectively.

There are plans to realize GSAT-11 within 30 months, which is intended to provide telecom links with small Ku-band terminals operating all over India; while the realization of GSAT-10 is planned within 20 months, as well as replacement of the ageing INSAT-2E and INSAT-3B satellites.

Government of India, Press Release dated July 24, 2009
http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=50933
Government of India, Press Release dated August 6, 2009
http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=51587

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3. First image from the RazakSAT recorded, Indonesia
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The first image from the RazakSAT satellite, which was launched in Guam on July 14, was successfully recorded at 4 pm (Malaysian time) on July 20.

Full text of the article:
http://besonline.rtm.gov.my/details.php?id=6658&pageno=24&field=na_Title&order=ASC&title=National (BESONLINE)

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4. HTV Successfully Launched and Berthed at ISS, Japan
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The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) launched the H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Demonstration Flight aboard the H-IIB Launch Vehicle Test Flight (H-IIB TF1) at 2:01:46 a.m. on September 11, 2009 (Japan Standard Time, JST) from the Tanegashima Space Center.

The HTV successfully berthed at the International Space Station (ISS) at 10:49 a.m. on September 18.

For more information (JAXA Press Release):
H-IIB Launched
http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2009/09/20090911_h2bf1_e.html
HTV Berthing
http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2009/09/20090918_htv_e.html?print=true&qmp;css

HTV/H-IIB Special Site:
http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/h2bf1/index_e.html

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5. Special Announcement from the APRSAF Secretariat
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APRSAF will run a booth at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) 2009 Space Exhibition to be held from 12 to 16 October, 2009 in Daejeon.

An original mobile phone charm of Hello Kitty, created from a collaboration of APRSAF and Hello Kitty, is to be presented to those who complete the brief questionnaire at the booth. Your visit to the APRSAF booth at IAC2009 is very welcome. Visit while supplies last! We hope to see you there.

See photo of the charm:
http://www.aprsaf.org/text/Secretariat_2009.html

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6. 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/

* The 23rd Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society for Biological Sciences in Space (Oct. 2-3)
http://www.jsbss.jp/am_23/

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

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

* Space Generation Congress(SGC) (Oct. 8-10)
http://www.explorerswanted.com/

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Copyright 2009 The APRSAF Secretariat

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