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ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE AGENCY FORUM (APRSAF)
News Mail No. 105 May/17/2013
http://www.aprsaf.org/
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  • 1. News on APRSAF: APRSAF-20, December 3-6, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • 2. News on APRSAF: SAFE and CR3 workshops to be held on June 5 and 6 in Nagoya, Japan
  • 3. News from APRSAF Community: APRSAF Space Education Seminar held in Cambodia
    - News requested from the APRSAF community
  • 4. Vietnamese first EO satellite, VNREDSat-1, successfully launched
  • 5. Rice crop-monitoring workshop held in Bangkok
  • 6. Australia announces its first space policy
  • 7. Event Calendar

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* 1. News on APRSAF: APRSAF-20, December 3-6, Hanoi, Vietnam
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The twentieth session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum
(APRSAF-20) will be held from December 3 to December 6, 2013, at the
Melia Hotel in Hanoi, Vietnam. The first announcement describing the
event will be released shortly, and the relevant information will be
posted on the APRSAF website:
http://www.aprsaf.org/
Melia Hotel:
http://www.meliahanoi.com/en/

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* 2. News on APRSAF: SAFE and CR3 workshops to be held on June 5 and 6 in Nagoya, Japan
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As in the previous year at Perth, the two APRSAF initiatives, Space
Applications For Environment (SAFE) and Climate Regional Readiness
Review (Climate R3), will hold their mid-year workshops on June 5 and 6,
2013 in Nagoya, Aichi prefecture, Japan. Nagoya will also hold one of
the biggest space-related international events, the twenty-ninth
International Symposium on Space Technology and Science (ISTS), from
June 2 to June 9, 2013.

Meanwhile, the SAFE secretariat is seeking new proposals for SAFE
prototyping, which will be accepted until May 17, 2013. For details,
please visit the SAFE portal:
http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/SAFE/events/call_for_proposals_5thws.html

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* 3. News from the APRSAF Community: APRSAF Space Education Seminar held in Cambodia
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The APRSAF Space Education Seminar was held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, on
April 27 and 28, 2013. It was the biggest event ever in Cambodia on
space education, and a great success. It generated a number of inquiries
from non-participating teachers who had heard positive things about the
first day's program. The two-day seminar that had nearly a 100
participants, introduced teaching methods and materials on several
topics and their use in the classroom, as well as instructions on
hands-on robotics.

This seminar was conducted as per the framework of the APRSAF Space
Education and Awareness Working Group (SEAWG), targeting schoolteachers,
for promoting activities related to space education in various countries
in the Asia-Pacific region. Until now, seminars have been held in
Vietnam, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, and Cambodia.

* News requested from the APRSAF community *
We will be happy to include information about current activities in your
organization and upcoming events in our News Mails. Please feel free to
send in your information to: <secretariataprsaf.org>.

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* 4. Vietnamese first EO satellite, VNREDSat-1, successfully launched
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On May 7, 2013 (GMT), the second Vega rocket successfully launched
VNREDSat-1 - Vietnam's first earth observation satellite - from the
Guiana Space Center, along with two other satellites, Proba-V and
ESTCube-1. VNREDSat-1 will be used mainly for environmental monitoring
and management of natural resources. The first image of the earth
acquired by the satellite has been received and is now available in the
VAST website.

References:
- VAST Press Release
http://www.vast.ac.vn/en/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1229:first-vnredsat-1-satellite-photographs-transmitted-to-earth&catid=5:activities&Itemid=70-
Arianespace Press Release
http://www.arianespace.com/news-press-release/2013/5-7-2013-VV02-launch.asp

* At an interview at APRSAF-19 in Kuala Lumpur last December, Director
of Space Technology Institute of Vietnam Academy of Science and
Technology and Associate Professor Dr. Doan Minh Chung, spoke about the
launch of VNREDSat. He said that VNREDSat would be an additional factor
that will enhance international cooperation and that this was one reason
why Vietnam had decided to host APRSAF-20 this year. The link below has
the text of the interview (please see page 8):
http://www.aprsaf.org/newsmails_newsletters/pdf/Newsletter14.pdf

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* 5. Rice crop-monitoring workshop held in Bangkok
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On February 18, 2013, a workshop on rice crop monitoring was held in
Bangkok, Thailand. The workshop was co-organized by the Geo-Informatics
and Space Technology Development Agency of Thailand (GISTDA) and the
Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). With international
participants, the workshop reported the results of the research under
THEOS and ALOS cooperation between GISTDA and JAXA, and it provided
ideas for possible projects.

Reference:
http://www.gistda.or.th/gistda_n/en/index.php?option=com_jevents&task=icalrepeat.detail&evid=710&Itemid=50&year=2013&month=02&day=18&uid=8adbe98a3b05d916950eaa608b35cc0a

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* 6. Australia announces its first space policy
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On April 9, 2013, the Australian government announced Australia's first
Satellite Utilisation Policy that included strategies for promoting
issues that are a priority, such as Australia's national security and
technical innovation through utilization of satellites and space-related
technologies.

References:
- Senator the Hon Kate Lundy Media Release
http://minister.innovation.gov.au/katelundy/mediareleases/pages/launchofaustralianspacepolicy.aspx
- Australian Government Space Portal, National Space Industry Policy
http://www.space.gov.au/SpacePolicyUnit/Pages/default.aspx

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* 7. Event Calendar
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- 29th International Symposium on Space Technology and Science
(2-9 June 2013, Nagoya, Japan)
http://www.ists.or.jp/2013/

- SPICA Science Conference 2013
(18-21 June 2013, Tokyo, Japan)
http://www.ir.isas.jaxa.jp/SPICA/spica2013/

- Feeding, Feedback, and Fireworks: Celebrating Our Cosmic Landscape
(24-28 June 2013, Hamilton Island, Australia)
http://www.aao.gov.au/conferences/fireworks/

- International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2013)
(21-26 July 2013, Melbourne, Australia)
http://www.igarss2013.org/

- Multi-GNSS environment for sustainable development
(9-13 September 2013, Hoi An, Vietnam)
* The deadline for enrollment to the event has been extended to 15 June 2013.
http://navis.hust.edu.vn/index.php/news-events/120-summer-school-on-multi-gnss-environment-for-sustainable-development

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