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APRSAF-18

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The eighteenth session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-18), under the main theme entitled "A regional collaboration for tomorrow's environment", successfully concluded its 4-day program on Friday, December 9, 2011, at Marina Mandarin Singapore. APRSAF-18 was jointly organized by the Singapore Space and Technology Association (SSTA), the Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing, National University of Singapore (CRISP), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT), and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA). Approximately 280 participants from 28 countries and region and 11 international organizations attended the session.

APRSAF-18, as was the case in the past, consisted of four working group (EO WG, CSA WG, SEA WG, and SEU WG) sessions that were held in parallel and the plenary. There were also relevant events in conjunction with APRSAF-18 such as the water rocket event, SAFE workshop, poster contest, and the special astronaut event entitled “Asians in Space: Achievements of Human Spaceflight in Asian Countries.”

At the plenary session on Day3, on December 8, opening remarks were made by Mr. Joseph Hui, Deputy Chief Executive, Technology & Corporate Development, National Environment Agency, Singapore, and keynote addresses were delivered by the representatives of the countries that co-organized APRSAF-18, namely, Dr. Tetsuhiko Ikegami, Chairman, Space Activities Commission (SAC), the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan and Mr. Tan Choo Shian, Deputy Managing Director, Economic Development Board (EDB), Singapore.

It was announced at the last plenary session, on December 9, that the next session, APRSAF-19, would be hosted by ANGKASA (Malaysia) and take place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from December 11 to 14, 2012.

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