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ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE AGENCY FORUM (APRSAF)
Newsletter -No. 074 Nov/17/2010
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**CONTENTS
1. News on APRSAF
- APRSAF-17 to begin soon
- Space education Seminar in Bangladesh

2. Vietnamese Prime Minister signs a law to set up the Vietnam Space Committee

3. Indian and Russian companies sign MOU on GLONASS

4. ETRI completes COMS-1 in-orbit test of communication payload

5. Satellite receiving station inaugurated at ICIMOD

6. Call for Application - SOKENDAI Asian Winter School 2010

7. Event Calendar

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1. News on APRSAF
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- APRSAF-17 to begin soon
As of November 17, more than 200 people from 26 countries, as well as from 7 international organizations, have registered for APRSAF-17. Therefore, we would like to show our appreciation for this participation. We look forward to seeing you in Melbourne.

Brief reports and the outcome of APRSAF-17 will be posted on the APRSAF website in due course. Please keep visiting the following website:
http://www.aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf17/meeting_details.php

- Space education seminar in Bangladesh
The seminar “Space Science and Technology and Their Applications in Classrooms” will be held from January 17 to 19, 2011, in Dhaka and Enayetpur, Bangladesh. The event is jointly organized by the Bangladesh Astronomical Society (BAS) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) within the framework of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF).

An update on this event has now been posted on the following website:
http://aprsafsesib.org/

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2. Vietnamese Prime Minister signs a law to set up the Vietnam Space Committee
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On September 21, the Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) of Vietnam announced that Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung had signed a law to set up the Vietnam Space Committee. According to the law, the committee will play a coordinating role to carry out research and application of space technology as one of the national strategies. Further, the Vietnam Space Committee will be an international representative of the country in the field of space technology.

References:
MOST news
http://www.most.gov.vn/Desktop.aspx/Chi-tiet-bai-viet/Tin-tong-hop/Thanh_lap_Uy_ban_Vu_tru_Viet_Nam/
DTI news
http://www.dtinews.vn/news/news/vietnams-space-committee-established_4859.html
VOV News
http://english.vovnews.vn/Home/Vietnams-space-committee-established/20109/119753.vov

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3. Indian and Russian companies sign MOU on GLONASS
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An Indian company, HBL Power Systems, and Russian Navigation Information Systems (NIS GLONASS) signed an MOU to promote utilization of the Russian satellite navigation system GLONASS. The MOU was signed at the Bengaluru Space Expo 2010, which was held from August 25 to 28 in Bengaluru.

Full text of the article:
FSA News
http://www.federalspace.ru/main.php?id=2&nid=10242&lang=en

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4. ETRI completes COMS-1 in-orbit test of communication payload
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On September 9, the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) of Korea announced that it had completed the in-orbit test of the communication payload onboard the Communication, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite 1 (COMS-1), which was launched on June 26. From July 6 to August 26, a review meeting attended by the KT corporation, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), etc., was held to analyze the condition and performance of both the satellite antenna and the communication transponder in detail. The analysis proved that these components had been functioning normally.

Reference:
ETRI news
http://www.etri.re.kr/bbs/view.etri?b_board_id=ETRI06&b_idx=12149

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5. Satellite receiving station inaugurated at ICIMOD
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A new satellite receiving station was inaugurated at the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) in Nepal on October 3. The satellite receiving station is equipped with a high-speed communication link, and it will receive data from satellites in Japan, India, Thailand, Taiwan, and Korea. In particular, the station will help to improve disaster response efforts and responses in areas without sufficient communication infrastructure.

Full text of the article:
http://www.icimod.org/?page=1522

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6. Call for Application - SOKENDAI Asian Winter School 2010
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The Department of Space and Astronautical Science of the Graduate University for Advanced Studies (SOKENDAI) will organize the Asian Winter School for the students and young researchers in the Asian countries, who are interested in space science. The School will be open from February 15 to 17, 2011 on the JAXA Sagamihara campus.

The school includes lectures by the Professors in the department as well as presentations and discussions by the participants.

Please find detailed information and application form in the following Website:
http://www.isas.jaxa.jp/sokendai/winter_school/index.html

The deadline of the application is November 30th.

Any inquiries are welcome at the contact address at <aws_2010@jaxa.jp>

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7. Event Calendar
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- The 4th Joint PI Symposium of ALOS Data Nodes for ALOS Science Program 2010 Tokyo
(15-17 November 2010, Tokyo, Japan)
http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/ALOS/en/conf/symp/symp_4thpi_schedule.htm

- 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

- 2011 International Conference on Space Science and Communication (IconSpace2011)
(12-13 July 2011, Pahang, Malaysia)
http://pkukmweb.ukm.my/ispace/

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