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News Mail -No.079 Feb/28/2011
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**CONTENTS
1. News on APRSAF
- Capacity building website open
- Space Education Seminar held in Bangladesh

2. ETRI develops GPS/Galileo receiver

3. Kazakhstan's Missions from 2011 to 2020

4. India's launch schedules declared

5. Korean COMS-1 images released

6. KOUNOTORI2 docked with ISS

7. Event Calendar

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1. News on APRSAF
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- Capacity-building website open
In accordance with APRSAF-17 Recommendation No. 38, a portal site for capacity-building programs has been opened on the APRSAF website. Further updates will be posted as needed.
Capacity Building Portal site
http://www.aprsaf.org/capacity_building/
APRSAF-17 Recommendations
http://www.aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf17/recommendation.php

- Space Education Seminar held in Bangladesh
The APRSAF Space Education Seminar was held from January 17 to 19, 2011, in Bangladesh. A hands-on session, which was held on January 19, was the most spectacular event of this seminar; about 4,000 students and teachers gathered at this seminar.

Special report from the Bangladesh Astronomical Society (BAS):
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2011/feature_117.php

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2. ETRI develops GPS/Galileo receiver
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On January 5, the Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI) of Korea announced that it had completed the technology development of a GPS (US Global Positioning System) and Galileo (Europe's Global Navigation Satellite System, GNSS) receiver, which was able to receive and process positioning signals both from GPS and Galileo. According to ETRI, this technology will facilitate simultaneous data processing of existing GPS signals and Galileo civil signals, and thus, it will be able to provide positioning services with higher accuracy and reliability.
In Korea, approximately 80 GPS stations and observatories are operating, and they are used for mapping, space geodesy, diastrophism observation, measurement, etc. ETRI expects to expand the market for GNSS receivers in anticipation of multipositioning systems in the future, and it is now planning to transfer its technologies to develop both domestic and foreign satellite-positioning markets at presentation meetings and exhibitions about the technology.

References:
ETRI News (Korean)
http://www.etri.re.kr/etri/not/not_0101010000.etri?b_idx=12319&type=view
Yonhap News (Korean)
http://www.yonhapnews.co.kr/economy/2011/01/05/0302000000AKR20110105085700063.HTML

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3. Kazakhstan's Missions from 2011 to 2020
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References:
Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary News (Russian)
http://www.gharysh.kz/news_474.html
National Space Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan News (Russian)
http://www.kazcosmos.kz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=336%3Asostoyalos-zasedanie-kollegii-naczionalnogo-kosmicheskogo-agentstva-rk-s-uchastiem-premer-ministra-karima-masimova&catid=3%3Anovosti-kazkosmosa&lang=ru

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4. India's launch schedules declared
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The Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, stated ISRO's launch schedules as well as its achievements in the past five years at an international conference held in Thiruvananthapuram, India, on January 17, 2011.

The main schedules announced at the conference were as follows:
> 2011
- India's earth observation satellite, Resourcesat-2, and a microsatellite that will be used to study solar radiation for educational purposes, Youthsat, will be launched by PSLV-C16.
- A communication satellite, GSAT-12, will be launched into GTO by PSLV-17.
- After the PSLV-17 launch, ground tests and flight tests of the indigenous Cryogenics Stage will be conducted.
- A communication satellite, GSAT-8, will be launched by Ariane-5 in April?May 2011.

> 2012
- One of the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS) satellites is scheduled to be launched in 2012, in addition to the following six satellites: Microwave Remote Sensing Satellite (RISAT-1), Meteorological Satellite (INSAT-3D), communication satellites such as GSAT-7 and GSAT-10, and Indo-French joint missions, namely, Megha-Tropiques (earth observation satellite) and SARAL (marine observation satellite).

Reference:
ISRO Chairman's Address:
http://www.isro.org/Ourchairman/Present/_notes/Addr_Trends-in-Optics-and-Opto.pdf

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5. Korean COMS-1 images released
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On January 24, the Korean Meteorological Administration (KAM) released images acquired by the Communication, Ocean and Meteorological Satellite (COMS-1), or Chollian, which was launched on June 26, 2010. The images show that a wide range of areas including Mongolia and northeastern China had been covered with snow and that Korea subsequently experienced heavy snowfall from the middle of January 23 to dawn of January 24, which led to heavy snow advisories and warnings to many areas including Seoul. COMS-1 completed its in-orbit tests at the end of January and is scheduled to start operating around the end of March. It will facilitate data transfer at 15-min intervals and help weather surveillance of typhoons, yellow sand, concentrated downpours, heavy snow, etc.

References:
KMA News (Korean)
http://web.kma.go.kr/notify/focus/list.jsp?bid=focus&mode=view&num=440
KMA News via Newswire (Korean)
http://www.newswire.co.kr/newsRead.php?no=523644&lmv=A01

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6. KOUNOTORI2 docked with ISS
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KOUNOTORI2 (HTV2, a cargo transporter to the International Space Station, ISS), which was launched by the H-IIB Launch Vehicle on January 22, was successfully berthed to the ISS on January 28. Subsequently, plant seeds used in the APRSAF SEUWG program named Space Seed for Asian Future 2010-2011 were delivered to the ISS. Currently, on Earth, the countries participating in the program are looking forward to receiving the space-flown seeds and are planning several events that will involve the use of these seeds. The seeds are slated to return to the ground on the Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-134) in April 2011.

APRSAF Space Seed for Asian Future 2010-2011
http://www.aprsaf.org/working_groups/seu/wg_seu_ssaf.php
(ref.) KOUNOTORI2 PLC Payload
http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/htv/mission/htv-2/payload/plc/
References:
JAXA Press Release
http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2011/01/20110128_kounotori2_e.html
KOUNOTORI2 special site
http://www.jaxa.jp/countdown/h2bf2/index_e.html
HTV special site
http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/
NASA ISS Latest News
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/living/index.html
CSA News
http://www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/iss/news_2011-01-27.asp

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7. Event Calendar
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- 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

- Annual Central Asia GIS Conference- GISCA 2011
(19-20 May 2011, Almaty, Kazakhstan)
http://gisca11.aca-giscience.org/home

- Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: 2011, Fifty-fourth session
(1-10 June 2011, Vienna, Austria)
http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/COPUOS/index.html

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

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