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News Mail No. 096 Jul/31/2012
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**CONTENTS

1. News on APRSAF
- APRSAF News Letter #12 has been released online
- Tsunami Workshop organized by Sentinel Asia in July

 

2. First KOMPSAT-3 image released

 

3. Astronaut Hoshide starts his stay in ISS

 

4. LAPAN holds conference on RS in agriculture

 

5. LAPAN to launch Earth Observation Center

 

6. Event Calendar


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1. News on APRSAF
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- APRSAF News Letter #12 has been released online
The 12th issue of APRSAF News Letter has been released online:
http://www.aprsaf.org/newsmails_newsletters/pdf/Newsletter12.pdf

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onwards, please enter your postal address at the following
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- Tsunami Workshop organized by Sentinel Asia in July
A tsunami workshop was organized by Sentinel Asia on July 2
and 3, 2012, at Sendai, Japan. The workshop had 25
participants from six countries in the Asia-Pacific region
and two international organizations, and it examined plans
for Sentinel Asia Tsunami Working Group activities, ahead of
its establishment. It was agreed that the working group
would focus on the following three areas, namely, tsunami
detection systems, warning transmission systems, and
awareness/education/capacity building. Sentinel Asia will
establish its implementation plan for these three areas at
the next Joint Project Team Meeting (JPTM) to be held this
autumn.

Further information:
https://sentinel.tksc.jaxa.jp/announce/2012/07/26/SECRisis0001201207260001/SA2TNMWS.html

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2. First KOMPSAT-3 image released
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On June 15, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)
released the first image obtained by KOMPSAT-3 launched on
May 17. A check-up of the condition, attitude control
systems, and on-board equipment has confirmed that the
KOMPSAT-3 is functioning normally. KOMPSAT-3 will be
scheduled to start its full operation in September after
further inspection of the satellite and its payloads.

Reference:
KARI News (In Korean)
http://m.kari.re.kr/kor/html/news/news_view.html?num=1518&currentPage=1&searchType=&searchString=


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3. Astronaut Hoshide starts his stay in ISS
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On July 17, Japanese Astronaut Akihiko Hoshide started his
four-month stay in the International Space Station. He will
conduct various science experiments, maintain on-board
equipment, and undertake extravehicular activity. In
addition, "Try Zero G," an experiment based on ideas
selected from students' applications from the APRSAF
community countries as a part of APRSAF SEA WG activities,
will also be conducted by Astronaut Hoshide during his stay
in the ISS.

Reference:
JAXA Press Release:
http://www.jaxa.jp/press/2012/07/20120717_expedition_e.html


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4. LAPAN holds conference on RS in agriculture
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On June 4, the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space
of Indonesia (LAPAN) held a conference on the utilization of
remote sensing technology for agriculture and food security
in Indonesia. In the conference, Dr. Bambang Tejaskmana,
Chairman of LAPAN, stated that an integrated system will be
required to monitor and predict a stable food supply, and to
achieve this, a national initiative should be established to
consolidate and manage data and information that are at
present owned by government agencies or institutes. LAPAN
will acquire satellite images covering the whole of
Indonesia and provide satellite data that can contribute to
agriculture and food security, as well as provide support in
establishing a model for satellite data utilization.

Reference:
LAPAN News (In Indonesian)
http://www.lapan.go.id/doc_news/pertanian.html

 

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5. LAPAN to launch Earth Observation Center
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On July 9, the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space
of Indonesia (LAPAN) announced the plan to establish the
Earth Observation Center (EOC) at a Focus Group Discussion
about the EOC held in Bogor, Indonesia. The EOC will be
connected to the National Remote Sensing Data Bank (bank
data penginderaan jauh nasional: BDPJN) for environmental
monitoring and disaster mitigation. It will also monitor
natural resources and provide data through its website.

Reference:
LAPAN News (In Indonesia)
http://www.lapan.go.id/doc_news/FGD-EOC_090712.html

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6. Event Calendar
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-The 5th meeting on Cosmic Dust
(6-10 Aug 2012, Kobe, Japan)
https://www.cps-jp.org/~dust/Welcome.html

-The XXII Congress of the International Society for Photogrammetry & Remote Sensing
(25 Aug - 1 Sep 2012, Melbourne, Australia)
http://www.isprs2012.org/

- Bengaluru Space Expo 2012 (BSX 2012)
(12-15 Sep 2012, Bengaluru, India)
http://www.bsxindia.com/

- Asia Geospatial Forum
(17-19 Sep 2012, Hanoi, Vietnam)
http://www.asiageospatialforum.org/

- 12th Australian Space Science Conference
(24-27 Sep 2012, Melbourne, Australia)
http://www.nssa.com.au/ocs/index.php?cf=14

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