The 19th Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-19), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, December 11-14, 2012
Day1 & Day2: Working Group Sessions
On December 11 and 12, working group sessions were held and four working groups were conducted in parallel. More than 330 people have participated so far.
Earth Observation (EO) WG
Communication Satellite Applications (CSA) WG
Space Education & Awareness (SEA) WG
Space Environment Utilization (SEU) WG
Day 3 & 4:Plenary Sessions
On December 13 and 14, Plenary Sessions were held. The sessions started with opening remarks by general co-chairs, Dr. Mustafa Din Subari, Director General, National Space Agency of Malaysia (ANGKASA) and Mr. Satoru Otake, Deputy Director General, Research and Development Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT), followed by Keynote addresses by Mr. Yoshinari Akeno, Deputy Director General, Office of National Space Policy, Cabinet Office, Japan and Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Khatijah Bt. Mohd. Yusoff, Deputy Secretary General (Science), Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Malaysia.
Dr. Mustafa Din Subari,
Mr. Satoru Otake, Deputy Director General,
Research and Development Bureau,
Mr. Yoshinari Akeno,
Office of National Space Policy,
Cabinet Office, Japan
Prof. Datin Paduka Dr. Khatijah Bt. Mohd.
Yusoff, Deputy Secretary General (Science),
Ministry of Science, Technology and
Following the summary report of the last session of APRSAF, APRSAF-18 in Singapore, by one of the host organizations, Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing, National University of Singapore (CRISP), nine Country reports were delivered by the APRSAF community countries in the rest of the morning session, and there was also a special presentation by NASA, the US.
Report of APRSAF-18
At the beginning of the afternoon session of 13 December, Panel Discussion by heads of space agencies in Asia was held. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Mustafa Din Subari, Director General of ANGKASA under the theme, "Enriching the quality of life through innovative space programs." Panelists introduced their activities related to the theme, and responded to questions from the floor.
The panelists of this discussion are as follows:
Moderator:Dr. Mustafa Din Subari, Director General, ANGKASA
Dr. Vinay Kumar Dadhwal, Director, National Remote Sensing Centre, ISRO, India
Dr. Bambang S. Tejasukmana, Chairman, LAPAN, Indonesia
Dr. Keiji Tachikawa, President, JAXA, Japan
Dr. Talgat Mussabayev, Chairman, KAZCOSMOS, Kazakhstan
Dr. Darasri Dowreang, Executives Officer, GISTDA, Thailand
Prof. Doan Minh Chung, Director, STI, VAST, Vietnam
Remarks by UNESCAP, as well as reports on APRSAF initiatives and APRSAF supporting activities followed the Panel Discussion. In addition, Malaysian students who had won "Space Seeds for Asian Future (SSAF) 2010" made speeches on the stage.
On December 14, at the beginning, remarks by international organizations (UNCOPUOS, UNOOSA, GEO, IAF, and ISU) were delivered, and summaries of working groups were reported.
Dr. Horikawa, Chairman, UNCOPUOS
Dr. Othman, Director, UNOOSA
Dr. Ryan, GEO
Dr. Feichtinger, IAF
Dr. Mackay, ISU
[Summary reports by WGs]
EO working group
CSA working group
SEA working group
SEU working group
APRSAF Task Force reported the result of its activities. The Executive Committee was established with inaugural members: ANGKASA, CRISP, JAXA, STI/VAST and a host organization of APRSAF-21 (KARI has expressed its interest in becoming a potential candidate for co-host of APRSAF-21).
APRSAF Task Force
APRSAF-19 recommendations were adopted, led by general co-chairs.
Finally, it was announced that the next session, APRSAF-20,will be hosted by Vietnam from December 3 to 6, 2013.
On the afternoon of December 14, APRSAF-19 participants took a tour to Putrajaya, a model township that has been constructed with detailed planning, innovative urban design and great respect for the environment.
Water Rocket Event
On Sunday, December 9, Water Rocket Competition was held at a school, SMK Putrajaya Presint 18 (1), in Putrajaya. Fifty-six students made their own rockets on-site with provided materials, and launched them for competition.
Colloquium on Astronomy from ISS-KiboIn the morning of December 10, Colloquium on Astronomy from ISS-Kibo was held at National Planetarium, Kuala Lumpur. This event was organized by the National Space Agency of Malaysia (ANGKASA). Approximately 90 people participated.
Dr. Ueno, from JAXA, explaining MAXI,
Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image,
installed on the ISS
On December 10, the SAFE workshop was held at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel.
In the morning of December 10, the Kibo-ABC (Asian Beneficial Collaboration through Kibo Utilization) workshop was held at the Berjaya Times Square Hotel.
Mini drop tower demonstration
On December 11 and 12, Poster Contest was held at the the Berjaya Times Square Hotel, during the WG sessions. There were 38 posters displayed, and APRSAF participants casted their vote for their favorite one. The result of the contest will be announced at the plenary sessions.
There are also 9 exhibition booths at the APRSAF venue. The 9 exhibitors are as follows:
- ・Astronautic Technology (M) SDN. BHD.
- ・Geospatial Media and Communications
- ・Institution of Geospatial and Remote Sensing Malaysia (IGRSM)
- ・Japan Manned Space Systems Corporation (JAMSS)
- ・Kibo-ABC Initiative
- ・Meisei Electric
- ・National Space Agency of Malaysia (ANGKASA)
- ・Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan (RESTEC)
A reception dinner was hosted by MOSTI, ANGKASA, and MEXT, on December 12.