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ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE AGENCY FORUM (APRSAF)
News Mail No.100 Nov/30/2012
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**CONTENTS

1. News on APRSAF: APRSAF-19 to be held soon

 

2. News on APRSAF: Sentinel Asia JPTM2012 held in Korea

 

3. News on APRSAF: “Try Zero G” conducted on Kibo

 

4. News on APRSAF: Kibo-ABC starts in earnest

 

5. News from APRSAF Community
- Eggs did fly, at the New Zealand Rocketry Challenge

 

6. Russia and Vietnam agree on peaceful utilization of space

 

7. Event Calendar


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1. News on APRSAF: APRSAF-19 to be held soon
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The nineteenth session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency (APRSAF-19) will be held from December 11 to 14, 2012, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, while some related events, such as the water rocket event, the SAFE workshop, and the Kibo-ABC (Asian Beneficial Collaboration through “Kibo” utilization) workshop will be conducted a few days prior to the main session.

 

Other important information on APRSAF-19 is available at:
http://www.aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf19/registration.php

 

We look forward to seeing you in Malaysia!

 

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2. News on APRSAF: Sentinel Asia JPTM2012 held in Korea
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The fifth Joint Project Team Meeting for Sentinel Asia STEP2 (JPTM2012) was held from November 14 to 16, 2012, at Hotel Riviera Yuseong, in Daejeon, Korea. It was jointly organized by the Korea Aerospace Research Institute (KARI), the United Nations Economic and Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Sixty people from 15 countries and regions participated.

 

The meeting confirmed the results of Sentinel Asia STEP2 (2008?2012). It also approved the Implementation Plan (IP) and established the Terms of Reference (TOR) for STEP3, which will begin in 2013.

 

Further details of the meeting will be reported at the upcoming APRSAF-19 in Kuala Lumpur.

 

Sentinel Asia website:
http://sentinel.tksc.jaxa.jp/

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3. News on APRSAF: “Try Zero G” conducted on Kibo
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An in-orbit educational experiment campaign, Try Zero G, was conducted by astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, who returned to Earth from the ISS on November 19. This campaign welcomes submissions of in-orbit experiment ideas from students in the Asia-Pacific region, and this time, ideas from Australia, Malaysia, and Pakistan were selected. Videos recording the experiments are distributed to the participating countries to use for educational purposes. Details will be reported at the Space Education and Awareness Working Group (SEA WG) at APRSAF-19.

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4. News on APRSAF: Kibo-ABC begins in earnest
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A new APRSAF initiative, Kibo-ABC (Asian Beneficial Collaboration through “Kibo” utilization), has begun in earnest. The objective of the initiative is to promote Kibo/ISS utilization in the Asia-Pacific region. Further information on the initiative, including the Terms of Reference, is available on this website:
http://www.aprsaf.org/initiatives/kibo_abc/

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5. News from APRSAF Community
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- Eggs did fly, at the New Zealand Rocketry Challenge
Ten teams of year 7 & 8 students battled it out for the title of best rocket scientist, in the inaugural NZ Rocketry Challenge on Sunday, at Ambury Regional Park in Auckland.

Cheered on by a 150-strong crowd, these junior rocket engineers launched a raw hen's egg high into the air. To win, they needed to fly to a specific altitude, and their 'eggstronaut' had to come back safely and undamaged. Each rocket carried a digital altimeter to provide a precise reading of the height achieved.

Full article:
KiwiSpace Foundation media releases portal
http://www.kiwispace.org.nz/x/qAClAQ


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6. Russia and Vietnam agree on the peaceful utilization of space
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On November 7, during Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev?s official visit to Vietnam, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Mr. Medvedev agreed on bilateral cooperation on peaceful space exploration and utilization. These two countries will strengthen their mutual beneficial relationship in the fields of remote sensing, satellite navigation, communication, space medicine, and astrobiology, as well as on collaborative projects within the framework of APEC and ASEAN.

 

References:
FSA News (in Russian)
http://www.federalspace.ru/main.php?id=2&nid=19670&lang=ru
Government of the Russian Federation News
http://government.ru/eng/docs/21403/

 

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7. Event Calendar
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- Southern Hemisphere Summer Space Program
(7 Jan- 8 Feb 2013, Adelaide, Australia)
http://www.isunet.edu/programs/southern-hemisphere-program

 

- 1st SPACE Retreat
(8-22 Jan 2013, Tenerife, Canary Islands)
http://www.facebook.com/events/362479160495901/

 

- 17th ISU Annual International Symposium
(5-7 Mar 2013, Strasbourg, France)
http://www.isunet.edu/symposium


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