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ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE AGENCY FORUM (APRSAF)
News Mail No. 118 June/30/2014
http://www.aprsaf.org/
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  • 1. News on APRSAF: Call for Proposals to APRSAF Side Event to close soon
  • 2. News on APRSAF: APRSAF-21 Flyer available
  • 3. News from APRSAF community: Workshops in Australia
  • 4. Event Calendar
  • 5. First image from UNIFORM-1 successfully received
  • 6. KazEOSat-2 successfully launched
  • 7. The Philippines launches Yolanda Rehabilitation Scientific Center
  • 8. South Korea establishes plans for satellite data use and space disaster
  • 9. UN-SPIDER/ICIMOD hold international training program on disaster risk management

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* 1. News on APRSAF: Call for Proposals to APRSAF Side Event to close soon
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Following the notice in our previous News Mail, the APRSAF Secretariat would like to announce again that it is accepting proposals for an APRSAF Side Event to be conducted during the APRSAF Annual Session. The closing date for submission is July 11, 2014.

The APRSAF Executive Committee (ExCom) will review all proposals after the deadline and inform event organizers of any approvals in late July. For further information on the APRSAF Side Event, including the guidelines and request form, please refer to the following website:
http://www.aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf21/side_events.php

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* 2. News on APRSAF: APRSAF-21 Flyer available
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The APRSAF-21 flyer is now available on the APRSAF-21 website. Please visit http://www.aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf21/meeting_details.php.

Other updates will be placed on the page in due course.

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* 3. News from APRSAF community: Workshops in Australia
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To celebrate the opening of the Advanced Instrumentation and Technology Centre (AITC) on July 15, the Australian National University (ANU) is hosting a series of workshops to showcase the existing capabilities of the Australian space sector and explore future opportunities. Experts from Australia, the USA, Europe, and Japan will speak on the following topics:

- Monday, July 14: Test and Evaluation
- Wednesday, July 16: Space Debris
- Thursday, July 17: CubeSats and Hosted Payloads
- Friday, July 18: Space Applications

Registration is via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/workshop-utilising-existing-australian-space-capability-for-future-growth-tickets-12016167681

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* 4. Event Calendar
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- International Conference on Space 2014 Space for Development
(8-10 Sep 2014, Islamabad, Pakistan)
http://suparco.gov.pk/pages/ICS-2014.asp

- 9th SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium
(13-17 Oct 2014, Beijing, China)
http://spie.org/asia-pacific-remote-sensing.xml

- The 35th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing 2014
(27-31 Oct 2014, Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar)
http://www.acrs2014.com/

- GIS/RS User Conference 2014
(24-28 Nov 2014, Suva, Fiji)
http://picgisrs.appspot.com/

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* 5. First image from UNIFORM-1 successfully received
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On May 28, 2014, the first images from the UNIFORM-1 satellite were successfully received. UNIFORM-1, developed by an international collaboration project called UNIFORM, was launched by H-IIA launch vehicle on May 24, 2014. UNIFORM-1 is one of the project's satellites that comprise a micro satellite constellation for wildfire monitoring. At a press conference, project leader Professor Hiroaki Akiyama said that the project hopes to establish a data providing system of UNIFORM for countries including Kazakhstan, Brazil, Turkey, Vietnam, and Indonesia.

References:
- UNIFORM website
http://www.wakayama-u.ac.jp/ifes/uniform/
- Wakayama Broadcasting News (in Japanese) http://wbs.co.jp/news/2014/05/30/43320.html

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* 6. KazEOSat-2 successfully launched
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On June 19, 2014, Kazakhstan's medium-resolution earth observation satellite, KazEOSat-2, was successfully launched by a Dnepr rocket from Yasny in Russia. The satellite has a swath of 77 km and takes multi-spectral images with resolution of 6.5 m. It will work together with KazEOSat-1, which was launched on April 30, 2014, as part of Kazakhstan's civil remote sensing system.

References:
- Kazcosmos News
http://kazcosmos.gov.kz/en/news/200614.html
- SSTL News
http://www.sstl.co.uk/News-and-Events/2014-News-Archive/SSTL-announces-successful-launch-of-KazEOSat-2

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* 7. The Philippines launches Yolanda Rehabilitation Scientific Center
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On May 26, 2014, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) of the Philippines launched the Yolanda Rehabilitation Scientific Information Center (YoRInfoCenter) for the organized rehabilitation efforts from Typhoon Yolanda, also known internationally as Typhoon Haiyan, which occurred in November 2013. The Center will provide scientific data such as satellite images and high-resolution hazard maps for national agencies and humanitarian organizations.

Reference:
- UN-SPIDER News
http://www.un-spider.org/news-and-events/news/philippines-launch-yolanda-rehabilitation-scientific-information-center

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* 8. South Korea establishes plans for satellite data use and space disaster
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On May 30, 2014, the Ministry of Science, ICT, and Future Planning (MSIP) of South Korea held the 7th National Commission of Space with relevant authorities and drew up a comprehensive plan for satellite data use and a basic plan for countermeasures to space disaster. Through a comprehensive plan for satellite data use, South Korea aims to maintain its growth potential and develop a new market by improving satellite data use systems. As for space disaster countermeasures, a 10-year plan is designed to protect its citizens and space property from space disasters.

References:
- MSIP News (in Korean)
http://www.msip.go.kr/www/brd/m_211/view.do?seq=1794&srchFr=&srchTo=&srchWord=&srchTp=&multi_itm_seq=0&itm_seq_1=0&itm_seq_2=0&company_cd=&company_nm=&page=1
- HelloDD (in Korean)
http://www.hellodd.com/news/article.html?no=49023

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* 9. UN-SPIDER/ICIMOD hold international training program on disaster risk management
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From June 9 to 13, 2014 in Kathmandu, Nepal, UN-SPIDER and ICIMOD conducted an international training program on multi-level risk profiling. With participants from disaster management agencies and stakeholder departments of ICIMOD Member States, the program aimed to improve disaster risk management by using space-based and geospatial information.

References:
- UN-SPIDER News
http://www.un-spider.org/news-and-events/news/joint-un-spidericimod-international-training-programme-multi-level-risk-profili
- ICIMOD News
http://www.icimod.org/?q=13881

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