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ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE AGENCY FORUM (APRSAF)
News Mail No. 121 Sep/29/2014
http://www.aprsaf.org/
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  • 1. News on APRSAF: APRSAF-21 2nd Announcement released and Registration open
  • 2. News on APRSAF: SAFE: Call for Proposals
  • 3. News on APRSAF: 11th Korea-Japan Joint Seminar on Space Environment Utilization Research Held
  • 4. Event Calendar
  • 5. Korea designates Aerospace Industry Park
  • 6. LAPAN emphasizes on the importance of its remote sensing center
  • 7. Reorganization of KAZCOSMOS as the Aerospace Committee
  • 8. Japan-India Joint Statement on space and other fields

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* 1. News on APRSAF: APRSAF-21 2nd Announcement released and Registration open
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Following the first announcement, the second announcement of APRSAF-21, including updated programs, concept papers of Working Groups and Initiatives, and travel information is now available online:
http://www.aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf21/meeting_details.php

Online registration for APRSAF-21 is open at the following URL:
http://www.aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf21/registration.php

To complete all the preparations for the APRSAF-21 on schedule, we would like you to complete the online registration using our website no later than Friday, October 31, 2014.

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* 2. News on APRSAF: SAFE: Call for Proposals
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The SAFE secretariat is currently accepting new proposals for SAFE prototype projects. The deadline is Friday, October 17, 2014.
http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/SAFE/events/call_for_proposals_aprsaf21.html

Proposals that reach the secretariat by the due date will be reviewed by a review board meeting of the SAFE workshop to be held as part of APRSAF-21, on Monday, December 1, 2014, in Tokyo, Japan.

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* 3. News on APRSAF: 11th Korea-Japan Joint Seminar on Space Environment Utilization Research held
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The 11th Korea-Japan Joint Seminar on Space Environment Utilization Research was held on July 24 and 25, 2014, at the University of Tokyo, Japan. A report on the seminar, including the agenda and summary has been posted on the following page of the Kibo Utilization Office for Asia (KUOA) website:
http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/kuoa/news/140902_jk_joint.html

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* 4. Event Calendar
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- The 9th SPIE Asia-Pacific Remote Sensing Symposium
(13-16 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
(25-27 Nov 2014, Suva, Fiji)
http://picgisrs.appspot.com/

- Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR)
(14-18 Mar 2015, Sendai, Japan)
http://www.wcdrr.org/home

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* 5. Korea designates Aerospace Industry Park
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On August 6, 2014, the Ministry of Trade, Industry & Energy (MOTIE) of Korea announced that part of Sacheon, South Gyeongsang Province - where many companies in the aerospace industry are located - has been designated as an aerospace industry park, pursuant to the Aerospace Industry Development Promotion Act and Order for Enforcement of the Act. Following the designation, 40 million dollars will be invested in the following: construction of common production facilities and distribution center, R&D support for small businesses of components, and development of human resources in the field of aerospace.

References:
- MOTIE News (in Korean)
http://www.motie.go.kr/motie/in/ay/policynotify/announce/bbs/bbsView.do?bbs_seq_n=62603&bbs_cd_n=6
- Government of South Gyeongsang Province News (in Korean)
http://www.newswire.co.kr/newsRead.php?no=761882&ected

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* 6. LAPAN emphasizes on the importance of its remote sensing center
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On August 18, 2014, Dr. Orbita Roswintiarti, Deputy for Remote Sensing, the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), Indonesia, stated that in the next five years, LAPAN was expected to become a leading organization in science and technology applications and aerospace space policy research. She said that for LAPAN to achieve its stated goal, it was essential to formulate plans to develop human resources, technology, budget, and infrastructure.

She added that, for remote sensing in particular, it was necessary to develop standard guidelines for appropriate data provision and data processing, as well as to plan in advance to establish the National Remote Sensing Data Bank (BDPJN). Dr. Roswintiarti stated that LAPAN's remote sensing data acquisition and processing played a significant role in the BDPJN, as specified in the Space Act of 2013. She also added that LAPAN's Pare-Pare Remote Sensing Center would provide low, middle, and high resolution image data for the Indonesian government and local government agencies.

References:
- LAPAN News (in Indonesian)
http://lapan.go.id/index.php/subblog/read/2014/770/Pelantikan-Kepala-Seksi-Akuisisi-Data-Penginderaan-Jauh-Lapan-Komunikasi-dan-Kerja-Sama-Kuatkan-Layanan-Inderaja/berita
http://lapan.go.id/index.php/subblog/read/2014/734/Pelantikan-Pejabat-Struktural-Lapan-Ikut-dalam-Pembangunan-Bangsa/berita

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* 7. Reorganization of KAZCOSMOS as the Aerospace Committee
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On August 6, 2014, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, signed a decree on administrative reform that focused on the reorganization of government agencies. As a result, a new ministry - the Ministry of Investments and Development - was established by integrating the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, the Ministry of Transport and Communications, and others. The National Space Agency, KAZCOSMOS, was reorganized as the Aerospace Committee under the new ministry. Dr. Talgat Mussabayev, the head of KAZCOSMOS, was appointed as the Chairman of the Aerospace Committee. Effective August 13, 2014, he was also appointed as advisor to the Prime Minister for issues pertaining to civil aviation and space.

References:
- National Space Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan News
http://kazcosmos.gov.kz/en/news/220814.html
- Kazinform
http://www.inform.kz/eng/article/2689892

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* 8. Japan-India Joint Statement on space and other fields
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On September 1, 2014, during his official visit to Japan, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in a summit meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. They issued a joint declaration on the Japan-India Special Strategic and Global Partnership. The two prime ministers confirmed that the two countries would improve their dialogue on security in Asia and promote cooperation in state-of-the-art fields such as material science, marine observation, and space, along with the expansion of economic ties.

References:
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
http://www.mofa.go.jp/s_sa/sw/in/page3e_000227.html
- Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India Document
http://www.mea.gov.in/bilateral-documents.htm?dtl/23965/Tokyo+Declaration+for+India++Japan+Special+Strategic+and+Global+Partnership

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