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News Mail -No. 084 Aug/02/2011
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**CONTENTS
1. News on APRSAF
  -  1st Announcement of APRSAF-18 released
  -  Sentinel Asia JPTM2011 held
  -  Climate R3 workshop held

2. ISRO releases Remote Sensing Data Policy (RSDP-2011)

3. Indonesia Rocket Load Competition held

4. Australian ASRP educational program starts

5. Chinese FY-3B starts formal operation

6. Event Calendar

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1. News on APRSAF
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- 1st Announcement of APRSAF-18 released The first announcement of the 18th session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-18) has been released and now available at the following website:
http://www.aprsaf.org/data/aprsaf18_data/AP18_1st%20Announcement_web.pdf

- Sentinel Asia JPTM2011 held The 4th Joint Project Team Meeting (JPTM2011) for Sentinel Asia Step 2 was successfully held from July 12 to 14, 2011, in Putrajaya, Malaysia. The JPTM2011 confirmed steady progress on Sentinel Asia Step 2 and established the new "Tsunami" working group following the ongoing working groups of Wildfire, Flood, and Glacial Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF) monitoring.

A summary report of JPTM 2011 will be available at the Sentinel Asia website:
https://sentinel.tksc.jaxa.jp/announce/2010/08/03/SECRisis0001201008030001/index.html
Also, photos and an overview of the meeting can be viewed at the ANGKASA website (in Malay):
http://www.angkasa.gov.my/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=594&Itemid=101
An article on the outcomes of JPTM2011 will be also included in APRSAF Newsletter No.10 to be issued in October.

- Climate R3 workshop held The workshop on Climate Regional Readiness Review (ClimateR3) was successfully held from July 18 to 20 in Sydney, Australia. Increased awareness of satellite data use for each country's national climate-related missions was one of the major outcomes of the workshop.

Further information is available at the following websites:
http://www.space.gov.au/Pages/ClimateR3Outcomes.aspx
http://minister.innovation.gov.au/Carr/MediaReleases/Pages/SATELLITEDATATHEKEYTOMONITORINGCLIMATECHANGE.aspx

A report from the Australian side will be included in APRSAF
Newsletter No.10 to be issued in October.

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2. ISRO releases Remote Sensing Data Policy (RSDP-2011)
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India has released its new Remote Sensing Data Policy (RSDP-2011). According to the policy, restrictions on providing remote sensing data are relaxed and all remote sensing data with resolutions up to 1 m will be distributed on a nondiscriminatory basis and on an "as-requested basis." This new policy will lead to benefits for urban planners, scientists, and private parties that had to deal with lower-resolution data.

Reference:
RSDP-2011 (PDF)
http://www.isro.org/news/pdf/RSDP-2011.pdf

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3. Indonesia Rocket Load Competition held
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Indonesia Rocket Load Competition (KOMURINDO, formerly called KORINDO) 2011 was held from June 25 to 27, 2011, in Pandansimo Beach, Bantul, Indonesia. A total of 40 teams from various universities in Indonesia participated in the competition, and Politeknik Elektronika Negeri Surabaya (PENS) got the first prize. The competition has been organized with the aim of developing potential students who are interested in aerospace technology, especially rocketry.

References:
LAPAN News (in Indonesian)
http://www.lapan.go.id/doc_news/JAB28-6-11.html
Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM) News
http://www.ugm.ac.id/en/?q=news/21-rockets-successfully-launched-pandansimo-beach

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4. Australian ASRP educational program starts
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An Australian educational program, conducted through one of the projects awarded by the Australian Space Research Program (ASRP), has started this summer, and it is hosted at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney, Australia. The program entitled "Pathways to Space" is targeted at Year 10-12 students and aims to encourage students to consider a career in space-related fields. Participants will plan space exploration projects using a living laboratory to simulate realistic scenarios and gain an understanding of space engineering challenges.

References:
Space Policy Unit
http://www.space.gov.au/AustralianSpaceResearchProgram/Pages/SpaceMissionsforStudents.aspx
Powerhouse Museum
http://www.powerhousemuseum.com/pathwaystospace/

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5. Chinese FY-3B starts formal operation
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On May 26, 2011, the China Meteorological Administration (CMA) announced that it began formal operation of the FY-3BPolar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite (launched on November 4, 2010). The State Administration for Science, Technology and Industry for National Defence (SASTIND) held a handover ceremony marking the occasion on which the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) handed over the satellite operation to CMA. FY-3B, along with the FY-3A Polar-orbiting Meteorological Satellite (launched on May 27, 2008), will stably provide a meteorological service to China and will contribute to global earth observation systems.

References
CMA News (in Chinese)
http://www.cma.gov.cn/xwtt/201105/t20110526_94613.html
CNSA News (in Chinese)
http://www.cnsa.gov.cn/n1081/n7529/n7935/347467.html

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6. Event Calendar
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- 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

- The 32nd Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (3-7 October 2011, Taipei, Taiwan)
http://www.acrs2011.org.tw/

- Workshop on Space Technology Applications for Socio-Economic Benefits (10-14 October 2011, Hanoi, Vietnam)
http://www.sti.vast.ac.vn/en/Scientific-Workshop/un-vast-2011-space-workshop.html

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