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News Mail No. 117 May/30/2014


  • 1. News on APRSAF: Call for Proposals: APRSAF Side Event
  • 2. News on APRSAF: 6th SAFE WS held in KL
  • 3. News from APRSAF community: ICS-2014
  • 4. Event Calendar
  • 5. ALOS-2 successfully launched
  • 6. KazSat-3 and KazEOSat-1 successfully launched
  • 7. LAPAN to establish a nano sat program

* 1. News on APRSAF: Call for Proposals: APRSAF Side Event

The APRSAF Secretariat is accepting proposals for an APRSAF side event to be conducted during the APRSAF-21 annual session. The submission deadline is July 11, 2014.

The APRSAF Executive Committee (ExCom) will review all the proposals after the deadline and inform event organizers of any approvals in late-July. For further information, including the guidelines for side events and a request form, please refer to “APRSAF Side Event” on the following website:

* 2. News on APRSAF: 6th SAFE WS held in KL

The 6th Space Applications for Environment (SAFE) workshop was held in the Berjaya Times Square Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on April 23, 2014. The workshop was co-hosted by Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM), National Space Agency of Malaysia (ANGKASA), and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). The workshop was attended by 44 participants from 22 organizations.

The review board screened five new proposals, made suggestions and comments, and asked that the proposals be re-submitted. Six on-going prototyping projects presented their progress reports.

This workshop was held in conjunction with the 7th IGRSM International Conference and Exhibition on Remote Sensing & GIS (IGRSM2014) held from April 21 to 22, 2014. Several SAFE prototyping executers and technical supporters reported their results at the SAFE Session of IGRSM 2014. One paper submitted by one of SAFE colleagues, Dr. Rizatus Shofiyati, ICALRD, Indonesia, was awarded the “Best Paper” Award of the IGRSM 2014.

For details, please visit the SAFE portal:
IGRSM 2014:

* 3. News from APRSAF community: ICS-2014

Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission (SUPARCO), in collaboration with the Institute of Space Technology (IST) is organizing an International Conference on Space (ICS-2014). The Inter-Islamic Network on Space Sciences & Technology (ISNET) will co-sponsor the conference.

This three-day conference will connect space professionals, decision-makers, academicians, researchers, and scientists as well as students of the space sciences and space technologies to showcase their achievements, share the latest developments in space technology and applications, and provide a platform to voice their opinions on important space and development issues in a highly interactive and cross-disciplinary environment.

For more information, please visit the event webpage:

* 4. Event Calendar

- International Conference on Space 2014 Space for Development
(8-10 Sep 2014, Islamabad, Pakistan)

- 9th SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium
(13-17 Oct 2014, Beijing, China)

- The 35th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing 2014
(27-31 Oct 2014, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar)

- GIS/RS User Conference 2014
(24-28 Nov 2014, Suva, Fiji)

* 5. ALOS-2 successfully launched

The Advanced Land Observing Satellite-2 “DAICHI-2” (ALOS-2) was successfully launched by the H-IIA Launch Vehicle No. 24 (H-IIA F24) on May 24, 2014 from the Tanegashima Space Center.

ALOS-2 developmentally succeeds the ALOS missions that contributed to various fields, including cartography, regional observation, disaster monitoring, and resource surveys. It carries the state-of-the-art L-band Synthetic Aperture Radar (PALSAR-2), providing improved spatial resolution (spotlight mode: 1-3m/high-resolution mode: 3-10m), all weather, day-and-night observations. The observable areas of ALOS were broadened to 2,320km. The revisit time was reduced to 14 days.

JAXA Press release

* 6. KazSat-3 and KazEOSat-1 successfully launched

On April 28, 2014, a telecommunication satellite, KazSat-3, was launched by the Proton-M launch vehicle from the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

On April 30, the Kazakhstani first earth observation satellite, KazEOSat-1, was launched by the third Vega launcher from the Guiana Space Center. This satellite will create a constellation with KazEOSat-2 to be launched later in 2014, providing Kazakhstan with civilian capabilities, including resource monitoring and management, land-use mapping, and environmental monitoring. The first images from the satellite have been received.

Arianespace Press Release

* 7. LAPAN to establish a nano sat program

On April 2, 2014, the Chairman of the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space of Indonesia (LAPAN), Dr. Thomas Djamaluddin, announced at an inter-ministerial meeting that the research and development of satellite technology was one of the major research pillars of LAPAN, and it acquired space technologies in order to enhance their national capabilities; Indonesia will soon begin a demonstration program, called the Indonesian Nano Satellite (InaSAT).

He also stated that the successful launch of LAPAN-TUBSAT, LAPAN's first small earth observation satellite, on January 10, 2007 had led to the independent development of LAPAN-A2, another small earth observation satellite which would be launched in mid-2014. Due to this, all the procedures for developing LAPAN-A3, LAPAN-A4, and LAPAN-A5 such as development, assembly, test, and launch would be conducted in Indonesia.

LAPAN News (in Indonesian)
American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, INASat-1

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