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ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE AGENCY FORUM (APRSAF)
Newsletter -No. 070 May/28/2010
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**CONTENTS
1. APRSAF-17 will be held from 23 to 26 November 2010 in Melbourne, Australia.

2. News on APRSAF
- The second SAFE workshop will be held in June
- The third JPTM for Sentinel Asia Step 2 will be held in July
- The sixth Sentinel Asia System (SAS) Operation Training will be held in July
- STAR eNews Vol.8 has been published

3. KARI is to provide satellite images for the Four Major Rivers Restoration Project

4. India, Brazil and South Africa agreed to joint a satellite program

5. India plans to detect illegal mining, by using satellite imagery

6. Venus Climate Orbiter AKATSUKI was successfully launched

7. Event Calendar

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1. APRSAF-17 will be held from 23 to 26 November 2010 in Melbourne, Australia.
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The 17th session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-17) will be held in Melbourne, Australia, from 23 to 26 November 2010. The further information on the forum will be placed in our website in due course.
We hope that the APRSAF 17 will provide a good opportunity for all the participants and the region's future!

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2. News on APRSAF
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- The second SAFE workshop will be held in June
The second Space Application For Environment (SAFE) workshop will be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka, from 28 to 29 June 2010, jointly organized by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Coast Conservation Department (CCD) of Sri Lanka. Prior to the workshop, SAFE is now accepting new proposals for SAFE prototyping. The deadline is Monday, 14 June 2010. For further information, please contact the SAFE secretariat at .

- The third JPTM for SA step2 will be held in July
The third Joint Project Team Meeting for Sentinel Asia Step 2 (JPTM for SA step2) will be held in Manila, the Philippines, from 6 to 8 July 2010.

- The sixth Sentinel Asia System (SAS) Operation Training will be held in July
The sixth Sentinel Asia System (SAS) Operation Training will be held at the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Bangkok, Thailand, from 19 to 23 July 2010.

- STAR eNews Vol.8 has been published
The Satellite Technology for the Asia-Pacific Region (STAR) program issued STAR eNews Vol.8 on 24 May 2010. Currently, they have four international engineers, joined by two in this spring.
In this latest issue, the eNews provides an introduction of each of the four members.
To read STAR eNews Vol.8, please visit our Website at:
http://www.aprsaf.org/data/feature/STAR_eNews008.pdf

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3. KARI is to provide satellite images for the Four Major Rivers Restoration Project
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On 6 April 2010, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) and the Korea Water Resources Corporation (K-water) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on using satellite images for the Four Major Rivers Restoration Projects. KARI will provide the satellite images including those from Kompsat-2 (launched on 28 July 2006) and Kompsat-5 (scheduled to be launched in late 2010) for K-water to analyse changes in river landforms and to set up development plans in the surrounding areas under its river restoration project.
They plan also to develop technologies to apply satellite images to efficient water quality management, river basin ecosystem management and water resource management for countermeasures against floods and droughts.

For further information:
http://www.kwater.or.kr/KwaterUser/Board/View.aspx?menuid=000003&id=000078&depth=3&layer=1&step=2&brd_id=KO26&flag=&item=&
word=&seq=47034&ordering=&page=1

(K-water News, Korean)

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4. India, Brazil and South Africa agreed to joint a satellite program
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India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and South Africa's President Jacob Zuma announced that they had agreed to set up a trilateral satellite program, at the fourth Summit of the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Dialogue Forum held in Brasilia, Brazil, on 15 April 2010.
The program will involve two satellites. One for space weather and climate is planned to be launched within two years and the other for earth observation is planned to be ready for launch two years after the former has been launched.

IBSA Brasilia Declaration:
http://www.pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=60394
(Press Information Bureau, Government of India)

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5. India plans to detect illegal mining, by using satellite imagery
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The Minister of Mines and Development of North Eastern Region of India Shri B.K. Handique has announced that the assistance of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and other remote sensing agencies including the National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) have been sought to obtain satellite imagery on areas of mining in some States like Orissa, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, etc.
This imagery is used to correlate with the mining lease coordinates for assessing the extent of violations by lease holders. In a particular instance in Orissa, the Indian Bureau of Mines detected illegal mining in Keonjhar district using the satellite imagery and based on this, the State Government was able to initiate action against illegal miners. On the other hand, the State Government of Karnataka has informed that it has constituted a committee to examine and suggest course of action, following the report submitted by the Lokayukta, an anti-government corruption organization, on mining irregularities in Karnataka.

Full text of the article:
http://www.pib.nic.in/release/release.asp?relid=60579
(Press Information Bureau, Government of India)

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6. Venus Climate Orbiter AKATSUKI was successfully launched
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Japan's Venus Climate Orbiter "AKATSUKI" ("dawn" in Japanese) was launched on May 21 aboard H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 17 (H-IIA F17) from the Tanegashima Space Center. The H-IIA F17 flew smoothly, and at 27 minutes and 29 seconds after liftoff, AKATUSKI was separated from the H-IIA. AKATSUKI will take 6 months to arrive at Venus.
Along with the main payload AKATSUKI, five secondary payloads were launched by the H-IIA F17. :
- Small Solar Power Sail Demonstrator "IKAROS"/ Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)
- UNITEC-1/ University Space Engineering Consortium (UNISEC)
- WASEDA-SAT2/ Waseda University
- KSAT/ Kagoshima University
- Negai*"/ Soka University

For further information, please visit the AKATSUKI Special Site:
http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/f17/index_e.html

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7. Event Calendar
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- Data Democracy Workshop on Climate Change
(7-11 June 2010, Bangkok, Thailand)
http://www.gistda.or.th/index.php/gistda-activities-news/icalrepeat.detail/2010/06/07/972/-/NTNkNDlkYjU0ZWExZjY2MGQzNTEwMmQyNmRhZmM0YTU=

- Cosmic magnetism from stellar to intergalactic scales
(7-11 June 2010, Australia)
http://www.atnf.csiro.au/research/Astro2010/index.html

- Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: 2010 Fifty-third session - UNCOPUOS
(9-18 June 2010, Vienna, Austria)
http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/COPUOS/index.html

- The Indonesian Payload Rocket Competition 2010 (KORINDO 2010)
(26-28 June 2010, Yogyakarta, Indonesia)
http://www.lapan.go.id/korindo2010/en/announcement.html

- 11th Australian Space Development Conference
(5-7 July 2010, Adelaide, Australia)
http://www.nssa.com.au/ASDC11/index.html

- IGARSS 2010 ? Remote Sensing: Global Vision for Local Action
(25-30 July 2010, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)
http://www.igarss2010.org/

- Bengaluru Space Expo 2010
(25-28 August 2010, Bangalore, Karnataka, India)
http://www.bsxindia.com/

- International symposium on 'Benefiting from Earth Observation:
Bridging the Data Gap for Adaptation to Climate Change in the Hindu Kush-Himalayan Region'
(4-6 October 2010, Kathmandu, Nepal)
http://geoportal.icimod.org/symposium2010/

- Pacific Island Countries GIS/RS User conference
(23-26 November 2010, Suva, Fiji)
http://www.picisoc.org/PacGISRS2010

- 34th International Symposium on Remote Sensing of Environment
(10-15 April 2011, Sydney, Australia)
http://eblast.arinex.com.au/eblasts/view/
20100319_34th_international_symposium_on_remote_sensing_of_the_environment

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