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News Mail No. 132 Aug/31/2015


  • 1. News on APRSAF: APRSAF-22 Side Events Selected
  • 2. News on APRSAF: APRSAF-22 Second Announcement to be Released Shortly
  • 3. Event Calendar
  • 4. India to Launch Earthquake Prediction Satellite by 2019
  • 5. HTV5 Launched Successfully
  • 6. LAPAN Reveals New Logo

* 1. News on APRSAF: APRSAF-22 Side Events Selected

Four proposals for APRSAF-22 side events have been accepted after careful review by APRSAF-22 co-organizers and the Executive Committee. The selected side events will be conducted in conjunction with APRSAF-22 this December in Bali, Indonesia; APRSAF-22 participants are welcome to join the events. Details of each event are available at the following website:

* 2. News on APRSAF: APRSAF-22 Second Announcement to be Released Shortly

Following the first announcement about APRSAF-22, a second announcement including a detailed program, the scope of the working groups, and other important information will shortly be released online and sent to APRSAF News Mail subscribers by e-mail.

Registration and a call for presentations for working groups will be available online beginning when the announcement is released and will also be forwarded through APRSAF News Mail.

For up-to-date information on APRSAF-22, please visit the following website:

* 3. Event Calendar

- Geosmart Asia 2015
(September 29-October 1, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

- 66th International Astronautical Congress
(October 12-16, 2015, Jerusalem, Israel)

- The 36th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS)
(October 19-23, 2015, Manila, Philippines)

* 4. India to Launch Earthquake Prediction Satellite by 2019

The secretary of the Ministry of Earth Science of India, Dr. Shailesh Nayak, has announced that India will lead an international project involving 27 countries to develop a model early warning system for earthquakes. This model aims to predict earthquakes some seconds before they occur, using a combination of a satellite to monitor physical displacements on the earth surface and sensors installed in deep bore wells to detect chemical changes under the surface. The satellite, which will provide accuracy of up to a few centimeters, is expected to be launched by 2019.

- Press Information Bureau, Government of India, Ministry of Earth Science Press Release

* 5. HTV5 Launched Successfully

A Japanese cargo transporter to the International Space Station, the H-II Transfer Vehicle "KOUNOTORI5" (HTV5), was launched successfully by H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 5 (H-IIB F5) on August 19, 2015 from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. HTV5 was captured using SSRMS (ISS's robotic arm), manipulated by Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui and was berthed at the ISS on August 25.

HTV5 delivered a total of 5.5 metric tons of cargo to the ISS, including new experiment equipment such as Mouse Habitat Unit (MHU) and CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET) as well as two cubesats to be deployed from the ISS, one by the University of Brasilia and the Brazilian Space Agency and the other by the Chiba Institute of Technology in Japan.

All dates are Japan Standard Time.

- JAXA Press Release

- JAXA HTV5 Website

* 6. LAPAN Reveals New Logo

The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space of Indonesia (LAPAN) has announced that it has changed its logo and has introduced the design to the public. The new logo consists of four ovals, which represents a spacecraft, with the initials of LAPAN below.

- LAPAN News (in Indonesian)

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