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ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE AGENCY FORUM (APRSAF)
News Mail -No. 086 Oct/03/2011
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**CONTENTS
1. APRSAF-18: Registration to close on Oct 31

2. News from APRSAF community: Lunar eclipse observation in Bangladesh

3. Oceansat-2 ground station inaugurated

4. Kazcosmos and DLR discuss cooperation

5. Event Calendar

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1. APRSAF-18: Registration to close on Oct 31
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Online registration for the eighteenth session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-18) is now open at the following URL:
https://www.prime-pco.com/aprsaf18/registration.html

Everyone who is planning to attend APRSAF-18, please register your participation by no later than October 31, 2011.

Other logistical arrangements, for example, for visa application and hotel reservation, are available here:
http://www.aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf18/registration.php

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2. News from APRSAF community: Lunar eclipse observation in Bangladesh
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The Anushandhitshu Chokro Science Organization in Bangladesh has provided us with an article on their lunar eclipse observation event held on July 15, 2011. Hundreds of enthusiasts gathered at 12 places in Bangladesh to observe the eclipse, which lasted for about 100 min.

Full text of the article:
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/features_2011/feature_121.php

The APRSAF Secretariat welcomes your updates on space-related activities.
Please feel free to send an article to the address (secretariataprsaf.org)

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3. Oceansat-2 ground station inaugurated
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According to The Hindu dated September 12, an Oceansat-2 (IRS) ground station was inaugurated at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) on the day. The ground station was established by the Department of Space (DOS) and INCOIS to receive and process data from the Ocean Colour Monitor (OCM) on board Oceansat-2 in real time. The ocean color data from OCM, indicating chlorophyll concentration, will be integrated with sea surface temperature data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) satellites to provide Potential Fishing Zone (PFZ) information services in India. The ground station is planned to be used to receive data from earth observation satellites to be launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in the future for the study of oceans.

Reference:
The Hindu
http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/article2447149.ece

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4. Kazcosmos and DLR discuss cooperation
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On September 14, the National Space Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan (Kazcosmos) announced that it had held a conference in Astana with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) to discuss their joint projects in the field of space. The projects will be carried out within the framework of the cooperation agreement between the DLR and Kazcosmos on the peaceful use and study of space. The agreement was signed in July 2010.

The conference, in particular, focused on cooperation in promoting the use of remote sensing, test production of space technology components, and producing Kazakh specialists. Other topics were 1) eROSITA (the extended Roentgen Survey with an Imaging Telescope Array), which is now under development by the Max Planck Institute of Germany and which will be carried on the Russian "Spectrum-Roentgen-Gamma" (SRG) satellite Spektr-RG, and 2) the European global navigation satellite system, Galileo, in Kazakhstan.

Reference:
Kazcosmos News (in Russian)
http://www.kazcosmos.kz/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=533%3Akazkosmos-i-germanskoe-kosmicheskoe-agentstvo-obsudili-v-astane-voprosy-sotrudnichestva-&catid=3%3Anovosti-kazkosmosa&lang=ru

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5. Event Calendar
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- 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

- 3rd Asia Oceania Regional Workshop on GNSS
(1-2 November 2011, Jeju-Island, Korea)
http://www.multignss.asia/index.html

- 2011 IGNSS Society Conference and Exhibition
(15-17 November 2011, Sydney, Australia)
http://www.ignss.org/Conferences/IGNSS2011Conference/2011ConferenceImportantDatesInformation/tabid/63/Default.aspx

- Surveying & Spatial Sciences Conference 2011
(21-25 November 2011, Wellington, New Zealand)
http://www.sssc2011.org/

- United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Management
(22-25 November 2011, Beijing, China)
http://www.un-spider.org/conference-beijing-2011

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