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ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE AGENCY FORUM (APRSAF)
Newsletter -No. 067 March/05/2010
http://www.aprsaf.org
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**CONTENTS
1. APRSAF-16 Report

2. The first Asia Oceania Regional Workshop on GNSS Held

3. Reports of a Water Rocket Event & Poster Contest

4. Interviews at APRSAF-16

5. New Building for the STAR Program Fully Constructed

6. News
- JAXA and Kazkosmos Sign an Agreement for Future Cooperation
- India and South Korea Agree to Science & Technology Cooperation

7. New Year Message from APRSAF Member Countries

8. Event Calendar

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1. APRSAF-16 Report
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The 16th session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-16) was successfully held in Bangkok, Thailand, from 26-29 January, 2010.
The major achievements of the forum have been posted here:
http://www.jaxa.jp/collabo/int/topics_e.html

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2. The First Asia Oceania Regional Workshop on GNSS Held
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The first Asia Oceania Regional Workshop on GNSS was successfully held in Bangkok, Thailand on 25 and 26 January, 2010.
Reports of the workshop, including the overview, Chairpersons' Report, program and other details are now available at this page:
http://www.multignss.asia/index.html

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3. Reports of a Water Rocket Event & Poster Contest
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Side events to APRSAF-16 included a Water Rocket Event and Poster Contest in Thailand as well.
Here you can find reports on these events. They include the following:
-Summary reports of the events
-Result of APRSAF-16 Water Rocket Event
-Program and presentations by participants in the Water Rocket Event
-Award winners of the Poster Contest and their work
http://www.aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf16/ap16_wre.php

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4. Interviews at APRSAF-16
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The APRSAF Secretariat conducted interviews with APRSAF members concerning their organizations, current status, and expectations for APRSAF, etc. on the occasion of APRSAF-16. In this issue, we would like to introduce 4 of such members:

- Dr. Thongchai Charupat, Advisor, GISTDA, Thailand (Co-host of APRSAF-16)
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/interviews_2010/40.php
- Prof. Meirbek MOLDABEKOV, Deputy Chairman, Kazkosmos, Kazakhstan
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/interviews_2010/41.php
- Dr. Gi Hyuk Choi, Head of International Relations Department of KARI, Korea
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/interviews_2010/42.php
- Assoc. Prof. Doan Minh Chung, PhD, Vice Director, STI, VAST, Vietnam
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/interviews_2010/43.php

APRSAF Interviews Index
http://www.aprsaf.org/initiatives/index.php

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5. New Building for the STAR Program Fully Constructed
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The new building for STAR program has been fully constructed.
With a laboratory, meeting room and 2 office rooms, it will soon be ready to welcome engineers from the Asia-Pacific region and become the hub of the STAR program.
To read this article, visit here:
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2010/feature_107.php

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6. News
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- JAXA and Kazkosmos Sign an Agreement for Future Cooperation On January 27, 2010, President Tachikawa of JAXA and Chairman Musabayaev of the National Space Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazcosmos) signed an agreement "Establishment of Cooperation in the Field of Space Activities for Peaceful Purposes" for future cooperation between the two agencies in Bangkok, Thailand. They will proceed to future cooperation in four specific areas, namely space science, earth observation, satellite communication, and global satellite navigation.
JAXA Website
http://www.jaxa.jp/collabo/int/topics_e.html
Kazkosmos Website
http://www.kazcosmos.kz/?m=news&lng=eng&id_n=226&act=show_news

- India and South Korea Agree to Cooperation in Science & Technology
On January 25, 2010, India and South Korea signed a Programme of Cooperation in Science & Technology for the period 2010-12. This will facilitate cooperation between both countries, providing opportunities to work on application-oriented joint research projects and to scientists from both countries to visit each other's laboratories.
For further information, please go to the Government of India Press Information Bureau:
http://pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=57309&kwd=

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7. New Year Message from APRSAF Member Countries
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New Year Messages for the year 2010 have been contributed by APRSAF member countries to our Website and are now available on the following pages:

- Dr. Michael Green, General Manager, Innovation and Space Branch, Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Australian Government
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2010/feature_106.php#feat-a

-Dr. Hwang, Director of the Policy, Planning and International Relations Division, KARI, Korea
[http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2010/feature_106.php#feat-b

Feature Stories Index:
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/index.php

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8. Event Calendar
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- 4th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium
(10-12 Mar. 2010, Bali, Indonesia)
http://www.un-spider.org/event-en/3132/2010-03-10/4th-geoss-asia-pacific-symposium-bali-indonesia

- Market Solutions for Clean Water
(22-23 Mar. 2010, Bangkok, Thailand)
http://www.unescap.org/esd/water/events/wwd/2010/

- The forty-ninth session of the Legal Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space
(22 Mar. - 1 Apr. 2010, Vienna, Austria)
http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/COPUOS/Legal/2010/index.html

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