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News Mail -No.081 May/02/2011
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**CONTENTS
1. News on APRSAF
- APRSAF-18 to be held in Singapore, December 2011
- Workshop on GIS Tool Kit for Schools to be conducted in Thailand in May 2011
- Third SAFE workshop to be held in Lao PDR, June 2011

2. India's Resourcesat-2 successfully launched

3. Singapore's first satellite, X-SAT, successfully launched

4. Workshop on GIS and Space Technology for Sustainable Development of Asia held in February

5. UKSA and ISRO sign MoU on cooperation in peaceful usage of space

6. Event Calendar

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1. News on APRSAF
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- APRSAF-18 to be held in Singapore, December 2011
The 18th session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) will be held from December 6 to 9, 2011, at the Marina Mandarin Hotel in Singapore. Further information will be posted on our website in due course. We look forward to seeing you in Singapore.
http://www.aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf18/meeting_details.php

- Workshop on GIS Tool Kit for Schools to be conducted in Thailand in May 2011
A workshop on the GIS Tool Kit for Schools will be conducted in Thailand on May 24 and 25, 2011. This workshop is organized by the Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) of Thailand within the framework of the APRSAF Space Education and Awareness Working Group (SEAWG). The workshop is targeted at teachers in high schools and junior high schools in the ASEAN region to increase their teaching skill in the subjects of geo-informatics and geography.
For details, please visit the following website:
http://www.gistda.or.th/gistda_n/index.php/gistda-activities-news/icalrepeat.detail/2011/05/24/1717/-/OTAxNzgwMTBjMmE2MGVhOWZhOGViM2Q5YzQ0Y2E0NTc=

- Third SAFE workshop to be held in Lao PDR, June 2011
The third Space Applications For Environment (SAFE) workshop will be held at the Lao Plaza Hotel in Vientiane, Lao PDR, on June 16 and 17, 2011. This workshop is co-organized by the Water Resources and Environment Administration (WERA) of Lao PDR and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The first announcement of the workshop is available at http://www.aprsaf.org/initiatives/safe/pdf/1st-Announcement_final.pdf.
Further information will be posted on the SAFE Portal in due course:
http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/SAFE/

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2.India's Resourcesat-2 successfully launched
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On April 20, 2011, India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C16) successfully put three satellites into their orbit. The three satellites are India's Resourcesat-2, the Indo-Russian satellite Youthsat, and Singapore's X-SAT.
Resourcesat-2, a successor of Resourcesat-1, has been built by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It will provide remote sensing data services to global users and provide data with enhanced multispectral and spatial coverage.

References:
ISRO Press Release:
http://www.isro.org/pressrelease/scripts/pressreleasein.aspx?Apr25_2011
PSLV-C16:
http://www.isro.org/pslv-c16/PSLV-C16.aspx
Resourcesat-2:
http://www.isro.org/satellites/resourcesat-2.aspx

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3. Singapore's first satellite, X-SAT, successfully launched
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Singapore's first indigenous satellite, X-SAT, was successfully launched on board India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C16) on April 20, 2011. X-SAT was developed and built by Nanyang Technological University (NTU) for the purpose of research related to earth remote-sensing applications.

NTU News Releases:
http://news.ntu.edu.sg/pages/newsdetail.aspx?URL=http://news.ntu.edu.sg/news/Pages/NR2011_Apr20a.aspx&Guid=a7309b2b-92ee-4810-8f86-ca1f1cc0cf1c&Category=News+Releases

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4. Workshop on GIS and Space Technology for Sustainable Development of Asia held in February
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The Workshop on GIS and Space Technology for Sustainable Development of Asia was held on February 21 and 22, 2011, at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) headquarters in Manila, Philippines. The purpose of the workshop was to help Asian countries to share knowledge on appropriate GIS and space technologies and to discuss future steps for using these technologies in various sectors in order to accelerate sustainable economic and social development in Asia.

For further information about the workshop, please visit the following website:
http://www.satnavi.jaxa.jp/e/news/adb-workshop_e.html

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5. UKSA and ISRO sign MoU on cooperation in peaceful usage of space
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On April 1, 2011, the UK Space Agency (UKSA) announced that on March 30, 2011, UKSA and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding cooperation in the areas of exploration and use of outer space for peaceful purposes. The purpose of the MoU is to provide a framework for collaborative activities and for reviewing areas of common interests in the civil aspects of space, to facilitate the exchange of information, technology, and personnel, and to nominate relevant points of contact for both organizations. So far, the UK and India have collaborated in UK Avanti Communications Ltd. HYLAS 1 satellite, which was launched in November 2010. Thus, broadband communications services were offered in Europe by combining the expertise of the UK in the area of telecommunications payloads with the use of an Indian satellite platform. Further, under the MoU, the two organizations will cooperate in satellite technical demonstration programs using satellite platforms obtained from UKSA and launch services offered by ISRO; thus, they will develop new commercial applications and services using data and capabilities acquired by Earth observation, telecom and navigation satellites, etc.

References:
UKSA News
http://www.bis.gov.uk/ukspaceagency/news-and-events/2011/Apr/uk-and-india-agree-greater-collaboration-in-space
MoU between UKSA and ISRO (pdf)
http://www.bis.gov.uk/assets/bispartners/ukspaceagency/docs/mous/isro-mou-2011.pdf

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

- The 31st Meeting of the CEOS Working Group on Information Systems and Services - WGISS-31 meeting
(23-27 May 2011, Tsukuba, Japan)
http://stage.tksc.jaxa.jp/wgiss-31/index.html

- 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

- The 28th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science
(5-12 June 2011, Okinawa, Japan)
http://www.ists.or.jp/2011/

- IISL-ISIL International Conference on the Law of Outer Space
(6-7 June 2011, Jakarta, Indonesia)
http://www.iislweb.org/html/20110331_news.html

- 10th International Space Conference on "Protection of Materials and Structures from the Space Environment"(ICPMSE-10J)
(12-17 June 2011, Okinawa, Japan)
http://www.k-svr.net/icpmse10j/

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

- 2011 IEEE International Symposium on Geoscience and Remote Sensing (IGARSS 2011)
(25-29 July 2011, Vancouver, Canada)
http://igarss11.org/

- International workshop on GNSS Remote Sensing for Future Missions and Sciences
(7-11 August 2011, Shanghai, China)
http://202.127.29.4/gnss/

- 11th Australian Space Science Conference
(26-29 Sep 2011, Canberra, Australia)
http://www.nssa.com.au/ocs/index.php?cf=13

- 2011 IGNSS Society Conference and Exhibition
(15-17 Nov 2011, Sydney, Australia)
http://www.ignss.org/Conferences/2011Conference/tabid/63/Default.aspx

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