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ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE AGENCY FORUM
Newsletter -No.065, 28/Dec/2009
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**CONTENTS
1. First Circular -- GUAS-JAXA Asian Winter School 2009

2. Articles from GISTDA

3. Interview with Dr. Pham Anh TUAN, the STI, VAST, Vietnam and Mr. In-Kyu Jeon, KARI, the Republic of Korea

4. "The Second Joint Workshop on Small Satellite" was held in Tokyo, Japan in Nov 2009

5. Dr. K. Radhakrishnan takes over as Secretary, Department of Space, Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, ISRO

6. Sri Lanka signed the MOU with SSTL for space capability

7. Event Calendar

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1. First Circular -- GUAS-JAXA Asian Winter School 2009
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The Graduate University for Advanced Studies (GUAS, or Sokendai), School of Physical Science, Space and Astronautical Science, will have an open lecture on "Frontiers of Space Sciences" at JAXA Sagamihara Campus as a part of GUAS Asian Winter School 2009.
This open campus program aims at encouraging young researchers in Asian countries including Japan. Please circulate this information to those who will be interested in.

1. Date: March 8 (Mon) - March 10 (Wed), 2010
2. Venue: Institute of Space and Astronautical Science (ISAS), JAXA
3. Tentative program: (All lectures will be in English)
March 08 (Mon) - Opening remarks, lectures, welcome party
March 09 (Tue) - Lectures, facility tour
March 10 (Wed) - Excursion
4. Expense: Fully supported by GUAS and ISAS/JAXA
5. Deadline for application: January 24 (Sun), 2010
http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/sokendai/winter_school/

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2. Articles from GISTDA
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Two articles were contributed by GISTDA. One concerns the upcoming APRSAF-16 and the other is about THEOS data distribution; The latter also says the APRSAF-16.

APRSAF-16 Welcome to Bangkok!:
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_103.php

THEOS data distribution:
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_104.php

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3. Interview with Dr. Pham Anh TUAN, the STI, VAST, Vietnam and Mr. In-Kyu Jeon, KARI, the Republic of Korea
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The APRSAF Secretariat condacted interviews with Dr. Pham Anh TUAN, Vice Director of the STI, VAST, Vietnam and Mr. In-Kyu Jeon, Administrator of Policy, International Relations & Planning Division, International Relations Department, KARI, the Republic of Korea on the occasion of the IAC2009 in October 2009.

Dr. Pham Anh TUAN, the STI, VAST, Vietnam
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/interviews_2009/38.php

Mr. In-Kyu Jeon, KARI, the Republic of Korea
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/interviews_2009/39.php

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4. "The Second Joint Workshop on Small Satellite" was held in Tokyo, Japan in Nov 2009
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"The Second Joint Workshop on Small Satellite" was held in the Campus Innovation Center Tokyo, in Tamachi, Tokyo, Japan on 9 November, 2009. The 4-hour workshop programme included 6 reports on small satellite piggybacked on GOSAT, 4 presentations of small satellites to be launched with PLANET-C in 2010, free discussion and so on. With more than 100 participants, it included a lively exchange of opinions and Q & A, especially during a free discussion session.

Full text of the article:
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2009/feature_102.php

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5. Dr. K. Radhakrishnan takes over as Secretary, Department of Space, Chairman, Space Commission and Chairman, ISRO
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Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Member, Space Commission and Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, assumed the office of Chairman, Space Commission, Secretary, Department of Space and Chairman, ISRO on 31 October, 2009.
He is an accomplished technocrat with a distinguished career of more than 38 years in the fields of space technology, applications and space programme management. He graduated in Electrical Engineering from Kerala University (1970) and obtained his MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
(1976). He was awarded a PhD by the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, in the year 2000.

Full text of the article:
http://www.isro.org/pressrelease/scripts/pressreleasein.aspx?Oct31_2009(ISRO Press Release)

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6. Sri Lanka signed the MOU with SSTL for space capability
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A memorandum of agreement (MOU) for the acquisition of a national satellite capability to Sri Lanka was signed between Surry Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL) on behalf of the Government of Sri Lanka on 12 November, 2009.
The above MOU, starting the Sri Lankan national space capability by providing an SSTL Earth Observation satellite and commencing the definition and design of Sri Lanka?s first communication satellite, was signed by Mr. Priyantha Karriyapperuma, Director General of TRCSL and Professor Sir Martin Sweeting, Group Executive Chairman, SSTL.

Reference:
http://www.trc.gov.lk/about-us/events/129-acquisition-of-national-satellite-capability-to-sri-lanka.html
(TRCSL Press Release)
http://www.sstl.co.uk/News_and_Events/Latest_News/?story=1493
(SSTL Press Release)

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7. Event Calendar
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- High-level Asia-Pacific Policy Dialogue on the Brussels Programme of Action for the Least Developed Countries (18-20 Jan. 2010, Dhaka, Bangladesh)
http://www.unescap.org/LDCCU/Meetings/BPOA-Jan2010/BPOA-Jan2010.asp

- Remote Sensing and Fisheries International Symposium (15-17 Feb. 2010, Kochi, India)
http://www.geosafari.org/kochi/index.html

- AGU Chapman Conference on Complexity and Extreme Events in Geosciences (15-19 Feb. 2010, Hyderabad, India)
http://www.agu.org/meetings/chapman/2010/bcall/

- International Conference on Arts, Social Sciences and
Technology 2010 (iCAST2010) (24-26 Feb. 2010, Penang, Malaysia)
http://www.mastic.gov.my/servlets/sfs;jsessionid=D0422F7CC94F5BBB752A6F3B22FD1718?s=V6EkyGldTJn102CH&t=/contentManager/onStory&i=1108620651187&b=1108620651187&l=0&e=UTF-8&active=no&ParentID=1108621049204&StoryID=1248742645828


- 4th GEOSS AsiaPacific Symposium (10 Mar. 2010, Bali, Indonesia)
GEWEX Calendar
http://www.gewex.org/gewex_meetings.html#2010

- 8th Annual Mekong Flood Forum 26-27 May 2010, Vientiane, Lao PDR
http://www.mrcmekong.org/MRC_news/all_events.htm

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