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ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE AGENCY FORUM (APRSAF)
News Mail No. 093 May/11/2012
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**CONTENTS

1. News on APRSAF
- SAFE workshop & Climate R3 workshop to be held in late May in Perth
- Students' parabolic flight experiments conducted in March
- Interviews conducted at APRSAF-18 are available on the website

 

2. News from the APRSAF Community
- APRSAF Space Education Seminar held in Nepal
- News Requested from the APRSAF Community

 

3. India's RISAT 1 successfully launched by PSLV C-19

 

4. LAPAN and TU Berlin sign an agreement on space technology

 

5. NSO and KARI sign MOU on space technology

 

6. GISTDA holds "Space Technology for Disaster Warning and Water Management" symposium

 

7. India and Korea release joint statement on peaceful uses of space

 

8. Event Calendar

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1. News on APRSAF
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- SAFE workshop & Climate R3 workshop to be held in late May in
Perth
Two APRSAF initiatives will organize workshops consecutively: the
fourth Space Applications For Environment (SAFE) workshop will be
held on May 22 and 23, and the second Climate Regional Readiness
Review (Climate R3) workshop will be held on May 24 and 25. The
venue for the two workshops will be the Novotel Perth Langley
Hotel in Perth, Australia. For further information, please visit
the following websites:
- SAFE Portal
http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/SAFE/TOP/html/events/4th_ws.html
- Australian Government Space Portal
http://www.space.gov.au/Pages/SAFEClimateR3Workshops2012.aspx

 

- Students' parabolic flight experiments conducted in March
On March 26 and 27, student teams from Malaysia and Thailand took
off from the Nagoya airport in Japan to conduct their parabolic
flight experiments, and they completed all experimental
procedures as planned. The two teams had been selected for the
parabolic flight experiments through the Asian "Kibo" Mission
Planning Task Force of APRSAF Space Environment Utilization (SEU)
WG. For further information, please visit the following websites:
- KUOA (Kibo Utilization Office for Asia) News
http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/kuoa/news/students_in_malaysia_and_thail.html
http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/kuoa/news/20120405_parabolic.html

 

- Interviews conducted at APRSAF-18 are available on the website
During APRSAF-18 in Singapore, the APRSAF Secretariat conducted
interviews with APRSAF community members about their activities
and involvement in APRSAF. These interviews are available on the
APRSAF website:
http://www.aprsaf.org/interviews_features/interviews_2012/

 

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2. News from the APRSAF Community
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- APRSAF Space Education Seminar held in Nepal
The APRSAF Space Education Seminar was held in Kathmandu, Nepal,
from March 10 to 12, 2012.
This seminar was conducted under the framework of the APRSAF
Space Education and Awareness Working Group (SEAWG), targeting
schoolteachers, to promote space education activities in various
countries in the Asia-Pacific region. SEAWG Seminars have been
conducted so far in Vietnam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh,
and Nepal.


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3. India's RISAT 1 successfully launched by PSLV C-19
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On April 26, 2012, India's indigenous first Radar Imaging
Satellite (RISAT-1) was successfully launched by the Polar
Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C19) from the Satish Dhawan Space
Centre (SDSC) in Sriharikota, India.

 

RISAT-1 is carrying a SAR payload operating in C-band (5.35 GHz),
providing day-night imaging in all weathers. It will be used for
applications in agriculture as well as for the management of
natural disasters.

 

Reference:
- ISRO Press Release
http://www.isro.org/pressrelease/scripts/pressreleasein.aspx?Apr28_2012

 

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4. LAPAN and TU Berlin sign an agreement on space technology
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LAPAN announced that on March 27, in Berlin, it had signed an
agreement with TU Berlin, on cooperation in space technology.
This agreement succeeds a cooperation agreement on an earth
observation satellite program signed in July 2003, which led to
the launch of Indonesia's earth observation satellite,
LAPAN-TUBSAT, which was launched in January 2007, and this
satellite has sent useful images to date. On the basis of this
successful experience, LAPAN is developing two earth observation
satellites, LAPAN-A2 (to be launched in 2012) and LAPAN-A3 (to be
launched in 2013).

 

Reference:
- LAPAN News (in Indonesian)
http://www.lapan.go.id/doc_news/LapanBerlin.html

 

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5. NSO and KARI sign MOU on space technology
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The Netherland Space Office (NSO) announced that on March 28 NSO
and KARI had signed an MOU regarding cooperation in space
technology field and satellite data utilization. As per the MOU,
both agencies will promote the exchange of information as well as
human resources, and participate in joint research and conduction
of symposiums on studies in the fields of earth observation,
satellite data processing, satellite components, design, and
simulation.

 

Reference:
- NSO News (in Dutch)
http://www.spaceoffice.nl/nl/Nieuws/1389/__Nauwere_samenwerking_tussen_Nederland_en_Zuid-Korea_in_de_ruimte__.html
- DAEDEOKNET (in Korean)
http://www.hellodd.com/Kr/DD_News/Article_View.asp?Mark=37431&Midx=1

 

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6. GISTDA holds "Space Technology for Disaster Warning and Water Management" symposium
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On March 28, 2012, GISTDA hosted a mini-expo, "Space Technology
for Disaster Warning and Water Management" in Bangkok, Thailand.

Following the massive flood in Thailand in 2011, GISTDA, in
collaboration with other agencies, has developed a flood
forecasting system and a water monitoring system by using space
technology. These systems were exhibited at the expo, and they
will be practically applied by mid-year 2012.

 

Reference:
http://www.gistda.or.th/gistda_n/en/index.php?option=com_jevents&task=icalrepeat.detail&evid=684&Itemid=50&year=2012&month=03&day=28&uid=ddc3a7f1753633f9bd52bbc21d89b5cf

 

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7. India and Korea release joint statement on peaceful uses of space
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On March 25, 2012, India's Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh,
and Korea's President, Lee Myung-bak, discussed the enhancement
of their strategic partnership during Dr. Singh's visit to Korea.
They released a joint statement concerning their several
agreements, such as strengthening the fields of science and
technology, which includes the enhancement of cooperation in the
peaceful uses of outer space by ISRO and KARI.

Korea welcomed India's participation in the international open
bids for launching Korean satellites. The leaders proposed that
the space agencies of both countries would study future programs
on space cooperation such as launching a nanosatellite developed
by Korean students, by using an Indian launch vehicle.

 

Reference:
Press Release, Government of India, Prime Minister's Office:
http://pmindia.nic.in/press-details.php?nodeid=1401

 

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8. Event Calendar
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-GHRSST XIII Science Team Meeting
(4-8 June 2012, Tokyo, Japan)
http://www.prime-pco.com/ghrsst/index.html

- CommunicAsia2012 Summit
(19-22 June 2012, Singapore)
http://www.communicasia.com/

- SPACE: From Foray to Habitation
(9-10 July 2012, Isle of Man)
http://spaceconf.com/

-39th COSPAR Scientific Assembly
(14-22 July 2012, Karnataka, India)
http://www.cospar2012india.org/Default.aspx

- 4th Symposium on Earth Observation Business
(13-14 September 2012, Paris, France)
http://www.satellite-business.com/program/sympo-eo/seob


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