The twenty-second session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-22) successfully concluded its 4-day program on Friday, December 4, 2015, in Bali, Indonesia. The session was attended by 478 participants from 28 countries and regions, as well as 10 international organizations.
APRSAF-22, as was the case in the past, consisted of four working group sessions that were held in parallel and the Plenary session. There were also relevant events in conjunction with APRSAF-22. The Evening Talk by Space Foundation, and New Cooperation Session were also held on Day2 with eight proposers made their presentations.
At the Plenary session on Day 3, December 3, Opening Remarks by Prof. Dr. Thomas Djamaluddin, Chairman, National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN), Indonesia, Welcome Remarks by Dr. Jumain Appe, Director General for Innovation Enhancement, Minister of Research, Technology and Higher Education (RISTEK-DIKTI), Indonesia, and Mr. Akinori Mori, Deputy Director General, Research and Development Bureau, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), Japan, and Keynote Speech by Dr. Toshio Koike, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Tokyo, JAPAN were delivered.
Following the remarks and speech, Summary of APRSAF-21 and ExCom Activity Report by Mr. Yoshinori Yoshimura, Chair of APRSAF Executive Committee (ExCom) and activity reports from countries in the Asia-Pacific region were delivered.
Three Special Sessions were also held on Day3. The first special session titled “Space and Maritime Applications,” featured by LAPAN, introduced ongoing projects utilizing space technologies such as satellite technologies for maritime issue.
The second special session, “Synergy in Space Applications,” including reports on two APRSAF initiatives namely Sentinel Asia and SAFE, presented the success stories and challenges in utilizing space technologies and highlighted the importance of concentrated efforts in support of solving national and regional issues.
The last special session, “Regional Cooperation on Space Exploration” was moderated by Astronaut Soichi Noguchi, President, Association of Space Explorers. The session included a report on the Kibo-ABC initiative. The expansion of international cooperation in utilizing the International Space Station was discussed, and the importance of promoting regional cooperation towards global space exploration endeavor.
At the beginning of Day 4, December 4, entities from other region and international and regional organizations made their presentations, followed by a report on APRSAF related project, MGA (Multi-GNSS Asia) Activities.
Four working groups, Space Applications Working Group (SAWG), Space Technology Working Group (STWG), Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG), and Space Education Working Group (SEWG), reported the results from Day 1 and 2 and presented their recommendations to the Plenary.
At the end of the Plenary session, the participants of APRSAF-22 adopted the Recommendations. The Philippines made a presentation on its hosting APRSAF-23 in 2016.