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News Mail No. 169 December 10, 2019


[1]APRSAF-26 Updates

1) APRSAF Nagoya Vision Adopted at APRSAF-26 in Nagoya, Japan

[2] News on APRSAF Activities

1) Call for Participation: New Initiative Regarding Space Laws/Policies
2) APRSAF Welcomes Your Feedback

[3] News from APRSAF Community

1) 30th Anniversary Ceremony of KARI
2) LAPAN Announces Plans to Set Up First Spaceport
3) Hayabusa2 Departs from Ryugu
4) China Deploys 2 Additional BeiDou Navigation Satellites
5) India Successfully Launches Cartosat-3 and 13 Commercial Nanosatellites
6) ADB's First Satellite Financing to Expand Internet Access in Asia and Pacific

[4] Event Calendar

1. APRSAF-26 Updates

1) APRSAF Nagoya Vision Adopted at APRSAF-26 in Nagoya, Japan
The 26th Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) was held in Nagoya from November 26 to 29, 2019, under the theme "Advancing Diverse Links Toward a New Space Era." In all, 466 participants from 31 countries and regions and nine international organizations attended the meeting. Discussions covered a wide range of topics from technology to policy issues, including new regional topics and issues (review of the past 25 years of APRSAF, space exploration, stable use of outer space, contribution to SDGs by utilizing space technology, dialogue between HOA and young generations, capacity building, industry promotion, and more) Through the forum, participants were able to recognized the importance of partnerships among diverse players, including user organizations, international organizations and industries, for effectively utilizing space technology and creating innovative outcomes. On the final day, APRSAF Nagoya Vision, which addresses four goals set for APRSAF activities over the next 10 years while looking back at 25 years since its establishment, was adopted as the outcome document. The Secretariat extends its thanks to all who participated in and contributed to the success of APRSAF-26.
The 27th APRSAF will be held in Vietnam in 2020, and the 28th in Indonesia in 2021.

Photographs of APRSAF-26 are available on the APRSAF website:

2. News on APRSAF Activities

1) Call for Participation: New Initiative Regarding Space Laws/Policies
The APRSAF-26 Plenary in Nagoya welcomed the launch of a new initiative called the "National Space Legislation Initiative,"which was proposed at the Space Policy Practitioners Workshop held on November 27. The initiative is aimed at enhancing the capacity of Asia-Pacific countries to draft and implement national space legislation in accordance with international norms. A Study Group of space policy/law practitioners is to be established to prepare a report on the status of national space legislation in the region for submission to the UNCOPUOS Legal Subcommittee. Membership of the initiative is open to Asia-Pacific countries. The deadline for member nomination is December 20.
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2)APRSAF Welcomes Your Feedback
We would appreciate it if all those who participated in the APRSAF-26 would provide their feedback by completing the online questionnaire on the following website:

The last date for submission of your feedback is December 27, 2019. We look forward to receiving your valuable feedback for further improvement of APRSAF activities.

3. News from APRSAF Community

1) 30th Anniversary Ceremony of KARI
On October 8, the Korea Aerospace Research Institute announced that it would be holding its 30th Anniversary Ceremony at Daejeon ICC Hotel.
More than 600 officials from the industry, academe, and R&D centers in aerospace research, including Science and ICT Deputy Minister Mun Mi-ok, National Research Council of Science & Technology Chairperson Wohn Kwang-yun, and Yuseong-gu Chief Cheong Yong-rae are expected to attend the ceremony.

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2)LAPAN Announces Plans to Set Up First Spaceport
On November 6, Prof. Dr. Thomas Djamaluddin, Chairperson of the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), announced a plan to construct a spaceport in Biak, an island in the northern part of Papua, during the opening of the National Coordination Meeting (Rakornas), which was held November 6-7 at Atria Gading Serpoing Boulevard Hotel, Tangerang, Banten.

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3)Hayabusa2 Departs from Ryugu
On November 13, JAXA fired Hayabusa2's chemical propulsion thrusters for the spacecraft's orbit control. The confirmation of Hayabusa2's departure was made at 10:05 a.m. (Japan Standard Time, JST).

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4)China Deploys 2 Additional BeiDou Navigation Satellites
On November 23, China sent two more satellites of the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS) into space from the Xichang Satellite Launch Center in Sichuan Province. Launched on a Long March-3B carrier rocket and the Yuanzheng-1 (Expedition-1) upper stage attached to the carrier rocket, the two satellites have entered their planned orbits. They are the 50th and 51st satellites of the BDS satellite family.

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5) India Successfully Launches Cartosat-3 and 13 Commercial Nanosatellites.
On November 27, India's Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its 49th flight (PSLV-C47), successfully launched Cartosat-3 along with 13 U.S. nanosatellites from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC) SHAR, Sriharikota.
PSLV-C47 lifted off from the second launch pad. After 17 minutes and 38 seconds, Cartosat-3 was successfully injected into a sun synchronous orbit of 509 km. Subsequently, the 13 nanosatellites were injected into their intended orbits. After separation, solar arrays of Cartosat-3 were deployed automatically and the ISRO Telemetry Tracking and Command Network at Bengaluru assumed control of the satellite.

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6) ADB's First Satellite Financing to Expand Internet Access in Asia and Pacific
On December 2, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) signed a $50 million agreement with Kacific Broadband Satellites International Limited (Kacific) to provide affordable satellite-based, high-speed broadband internet connections to countries in Asia and the Pacific, especially in remote areas of small island nations in the Pacific and larger island nations like Indonesia and the Philippines. This is ADB’s first satellite financing.


4. Event Calendar

(January 22-24, 2020, Hotel Conrad, Bangalore, India)

- Global Space and Technology Convention (GSTC) 2020
(February 6-7, 2020, GRAND HYATT SINGAPORE, Singapore)

- Global Aerospace Summit 2020
(March 17-19, 2020, St. Regis Saadiyat Island Resort, Abu Dhabi, UAE)

- The Economist's Space Summit 2020
(March 19, 2020, Shangri-La Hotel, Sydney, Australia)

- The 11th IAASS Conference "Managing Risk in Space"
(The International Association for the Advancement of Space Safety Conference)
(September 17-19, 2020, Osaka, Japan)

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