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ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE AGENCY FORUM (APRSAF)
Newsletter -No. 072 Aug/31/2010
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**CONTENTS
1. APRSAF-17 On-line Registration is Now Open

2. STAR News

3. ISRO's CARTOSAT-2B Sends High Quality Imagery

4. Australian Government Awards 4 Projects under ASRP

5. The 4th Joint PI Symposium of ALOS Data Nodes for ALOS Science Program

6. Event Calendar

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1. APRSAF-17 On-line Registration is Now Open
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On-line registration for the 17th session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-17) is now open on the APRSAF website: http://www.aprsaf.org/ (Please go to News & Updates of 23 Jul 2010). You may also directly access the registration form at https://www.aprsaf.org/17th/registration/1/

The first announcement of APRSAF-17 has also been posted on the APRSAF website at http://www.aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf17/meeting_details.php
Further detailed information on APRSAF-17 will be available on this website in due course.

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2. STAR News
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On June 16, 2010, the Satellite Technology for the Asia-Pacific Region (STAR) program, which is one of the APRSAF initiatives, celebrated its first anniversary. The details of the ceremony are provided by STAR eNews Vol.9, issued on June 21, 2010, on the following website.
http://www.aprsaf.org/data/feature/STAR_eNews009.pdf

On August 28 and August 29, 2010, the second STAR program Coordination Group meeting was held at the Ambhara Hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia. This meeting was attended by 36 participants from the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), National Institute of Aeronautics and Space of Indonesia (LAPAN), National Space Agency of Malaysia (ANGKASA), and the Vietnam Academy of Sciences and Technology (VAST)/Space Technology Institute (STI). The participants discussed the progress of the STAR program and the arrangement of the experimental instruments aboard the MicroSTAR, which is a satellite to be developed by STAR. They also coordinated each organization?s roles and contributions and confirmed the purpose of MicroSTAR mission.
For further information about the meeting, please visit the following URL:
http://www.aprsaf.org/data/feature/STAR_eNews010.pdf

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3. ISRO's CARTOSAT-2B Sends High Quality Imagery
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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) announced on July 21, 2010, that ISRO's earth observation satellite, CARTOSAT-2B, which was launched on July 12, 2010, had completed the initial phase of operations. Its on-board panchromatic (PAN) camera produced the first images, which can be seen on the following page:
ISRO Press Release: http://www.isro.org/pressrelease/scripts/pressreleasein.aspx?Jul21_2010

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4. Australian Government Awards 4 Projects under ASRP
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On July 14, 2010, the Australian Innovation Minister, Senator Kim Karr announced that 4 new projects had been granted under the Australian Space Research Program (ASRP) Round 2. ASRP supports projects that are built on Australia's research strengths. The 4 new projects will receive a total of A$13.8 million. Another 4 projects were awarded during Round 1 in February 2010, and Round 3 began in July and August 2010.
The titles of the successful projects in Round 2 are as follows:
- Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program (University of South Australia)
- GRACE Follow-on Mission (Australian National University)
- Automated Laser Tracking of Space Debris (EOS Space Systems Pty Ltd)
- SAR Formation Flying (University of New South Wales)

Further information can be obtained at the URLs given below.
DIISR Media Release:
http://minister.innovation.gov.au/Carr/Pages/AUSTRALIANRESEARCHPUSHINGTHEFRONTIEROFSPACE.aspx
Australian Government Space Portal: http://www.space.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

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5. The 4th Joint PI Symposium of ALOS Data Nodes for ALOS Science Program
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The 4th Joint PI Symposium of ALOS Data Nodes and Workshop 2010, Tokyo will be held from November 15 to 17, 2010, in Tokyo, Japan. The aim of this symposium is to share and exchange the results and achievements based on the ALOS data within the ALOS Research Announcement (RA) activity and to discuss future plans.
For details on the symposium, please visit the following URL:
Conference, ALOS site (EORC/JAXA)
http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/ALOS/en/conf/symp/symp_4thpi_schedule.htm

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6. Event Calendar
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- 61st International Astronautical Congress (IAC2010)
(27 Sep ? 1 Oct 2010, Prague, Czech Republic)
http://www.iac2010.cz/en/welcome

- 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/

- APSCC 2010 Satellite Conference and Exhibition
(5-7 October 2010, Tokyo, Japan)
http://www.apscc.or.kr/event/apscc2010.asp

- Geoinformation Technology for Natural Disaster Management & Rehabilitation
(19-20 October 2010, Chiang Mai, Thailand)
http://www.e-geoinfo.net/git4ndm2010/

- International Conference on Space, Aeronautical and Navigational Electronics 2010 (ICSANE 2010)
(27-29 October 2010, Jeju, Korea)
http://www.ieice.org/cs/sane/ICSANE2010/index.html

- 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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