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ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE AGENCY FORUM (APRSAF)
News Mail No. 097 Aug/31/2012
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**CONTENTS

1. News on APRSAF
- APRSAF-19 2nd Announcement in preparation

 

2. News from APRSAF Community
- JAXA-KARI Space Camp held in Korea

 

3. Development of LAPAN-A2 completed

 

4. Malaysian ATSB develops an educational satellite, Pipit

 

5. Indian government approves Mars mission

 

6. LAPAN held a conference on RS in fisheries

 

7. Komurindo 2012 held in June in Indonesia

 

8. Event Calendar

 


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1. News on APRSAF
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- APRSAF-19 2nd Announcement in preparation
The second announcement regarding the 19th session of the
Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-19) is in
preparation for the upcoming release. The announcement and
other updates such as registration information will be
uploaded on the APRSAF website accordingly.
http://www.aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf19/meeting_details.php

 

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2. News from APRSAF Community
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- JAXA-KARI Space Camp held in Korea
The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the Korea
Aerospace Research Institute (KARI) jointly held a space
camp for young students on August 20 and 21 in Daejeon,
Korea. Approximately 25 students from each country
participated in the event. They visited KARI and the Naro
Space Center and participated in hands-on activities,
including a model rocket contest.

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3. Development of LAPAN-A2 completed
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On August 11, the National Institute of Aeronautics and
Space of Indonesia (LAPAN) announced that it had finished
the design, production, and validation of LAPAN-A2, a
microsatellite for Earth observation. The satellite is
scheduled to be launched by the Indian Polar Satellite
Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in 2013, equipped with an Automatic
Identification System (AIS) and radio equipment from an
Indonesian amateur radio organization (ORARI).

Reference:
LAPAN News (in Indonesian)
http://www.lapan.go.id/doc_news/Prasasti_110812.html

Angkasa News (in Indonesian)
http://www.angkasa.co.id/index.php/notam/notice-to-airmen

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4. Malaysian ATSB develops an educational satellite, Pipit
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On July 30, a Malaysian state company, Astronautic
Technology (ATSB), announced that it had developed an
educational small satellite called "Pipit," previously known
as Femotosat, which allowed high school and university
students to learn necessary technologies for satellite
development. ATSB previously developed another small
satellite, Innosat, jointly with Malaysian universities.
Pipit is one-eighth (150 kg) the size of Innosat and applies
Innosat technologies, such as an on-board computer, an
electrical power subsystem, radio frequency communication,
an altitude detection system, and a CMOS optical camera.
ATSB expects Pipit to be used for a practical approach to
science technology education at many schools and in other
educational opportunities.

Reference:
ATSB News (in Malay)
http://www.atsb.my/index.php/news-a-events/199-pipit-satellite-miniature-educational-satellite
Malaysia Flying Herald
http://malaysiaflyingherald.wordpress.com/2012/07/31/atsb-unveils-pipit-satellite/

 

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5. Indian government approves Mars mission
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On August 3, the Indian government approved a Mars mission
of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). This goal
of this space science mission, following the Chandrayaan
mission to the Moon, is to put a probe in Mars' orbit to
study its atmosphere with a 25 kg payload. The estimated
cost of the mission is around $80 million. ISRO plans to
launch the spacecraft using the Polar Satellite Launch
Vehicle (PSLV) in November 2013.

References:
The Hindu
http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/article3723817.ece
Aviation Week
http://www.aviationweek.com/Article.aspx?id=/article-xml/awx_08_06_2012_p0-483338.xml#

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6. LAPAN held a conference on RS in fisheries
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On July 19, in Bogor, Indonesia, the National Institute of
Aeronautics and Space of Indonesia (LAPAN) held a conference
on the development of remote sensing technology for marine
resources and fisheries. Related agencies and institutes
made presentations concerning the necessity of developing
remote sensing technology and sharing the information with
marine and fishery industries in order to optimize the use
of remote sensing data. Dr. Bambang S. Tejasukmana, Chairman
of LAPAN, stated that there are two major programs in the
remote sensing field: one program involves data provision
and acquisition technology, and the other involves the
development of RS technology in the areas of the environment,
agriculture, the marine industry, and disaster management.
Dr. Tejasukmana said that LAPAN would continue to develop
technologies to meet users' needs.

Reference:
LAPAN News (in Indonesian)
http://www.lapan.go.id/doc_news/PPK_Laut190712.html

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7. Komurindo 2012 held in June in Indonesia
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The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space of Indonesia
(LAPAN) organized a rocket competition for youth (Komurindo
2012) from June 8 to 10 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. A total of
40 teams from 32 universities participated, and Politeknik
Elektronika Negeri Surabaya (PENS) won the competition.

Reference:
LAPAN website (in Indonesian)
http://pustekbang.lapan.go.id/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=143:komurindo-2012&catid=43:berita

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8. Event Calendar
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- 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

- UN/Japan Nano-Satellite Symposium
(10-13 Oct 2012, Nagoya, Japan)
http://www.nanosat.jp/

- Pacific Islands GIS&RS User Conference
(27-30 Nov 2012, Suva, Fiji)
http://picgisrs.appspot.com/

- International Space Conference (ISC) 2012
(30 Nov- 1 Dec 2012, Ahmedabad, India)
http://aryavartaspace.org/isc/home.html

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