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News Mail No. 109 Aug/29/2013


  • 1. News on APRSAF: APRSAF-20 - Registration to open soon
  • 2. News on APRSAF: Update on SSAF2013 activities
  • 3. News from APRSAF Community: Activities in Malaysia connected with APRSAF-20
  • 4. KOMPSAT-5 successfully launched
  • 5. PicoDragon launched by HTV-4
  • 6. Korea starts a training program for space experts
  • 7. Indonesia approves a new space law
  • 8. Event Calendar

* 1. News on APRSAF: APRSAF-20 - Registration to open soon

As announced earlier, the 20th session of the Asia-Pacific Regional
Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-20) will be held from December 3 to 6, 2013.
The online registration facility for APRSAF-20 will be available on
our website from September 2013. The Second Announcement will provide
detailed information about the tentative program, accommodation, and
other related issues. All the information will be available on our

* 2. News on APRSAF: Update on SSAF2013 activities

Some information on the Space Seed for Asian Future 2013 (SSAF2013),
one of the activities of the APRSAF Space Environment Utilization
Working Group (SEU WG), is now available on the following website:

The above website has a handbook of the SSAF2013 experiment, rules for
report submission, a report on ground preparation, and other useful

The on-orbit experiment will commence around the end of August and
continue until early September; the above website will carry the
results of the experiment.

* 3. News from APRSAF Community: Activities in Malaysia connected with APRSAF-20

In Malaysia, the below-mentioned activities connected with APRSAF-20
are now in progress. The APRSAF Secretariat would welcome such news
from your country/region. You can circulate the same through our
APRSAF News Mail.
-Poster Contest
-Water Rocket Competition
-SSAF2013 related activity in Malaysia

* 4. KOMPSAT-5 successfully launched

On August 22, 2013, a Dnepr rocket successfully launched Korea
Multi-Purpose Satellite-5 (Kompsat-5). Working together with two other
operating satellites, Kompsat-2 and Kompsat-3, Korea's first radar
imaging satellite (SAR, 1-3 m resolution) will acquire data for GIS,
marine and land management, and disaster and environment monitoring.

KARI Press Release (in Korean)

* 5. PicoDragon launched by HTV-4

The H-IIB Launch Vehicle No. 4 (H-IIB F4) launched Japan's H-II
Transfer Vehicle (HTV)- 4 on August 4, 2013, and it docked with the
International Space Station (ISS) on August 10, 2013.

PicoDragon, a Vietnamese cubesat, and one of the payloads of HTV-4, is
now stored in the Japanese Experiment Module, or Kibo, waiting to be
deployed. There is an article on PicoDragon on the following VAST

* 6. Korea starts a training program for space experts

On August 5, 2013, the Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of
Korea (MSIP), started a program for training space experts, as part of
its next-generation small satellite development projects (June
2012-May 2016). MSIP, in association with the Satellite Research
Technology Center (SaTReC), and Korea Advanced Institute of Science
and Technology (KAIST), plans to invest approximately 150 million
dollars, over a three-year period from June 2013 to May 2016, for
training space experts who will work for various space-related
companies or institutions. According to MSIP, 2,000 people are now
engaged in the space industry in Korea and 3,000 more will be required
by 2020.

MSIP News via NEWWiRE (in Korean)
Next-generation small satellite development projects, National Research Foundation in Korea (in Korean)

* 7. Indonesia approves a new space law

Following the unanimous approval by the People's Representative
Council, the president of Indonesia has signed a law for governing
Indonesia's space activities. Dr. Bambang S. Tejasukmana, Chairman,
National Institute of Aeronautics and Space of Indonesia (LAPAN),
stated that LAPAN would play the role of an agency for giving
approvals and granting licenses for space-related activities, in
addition to carrying out research and development programs in

DPR News (in Indonesian)
LAPAN News (in Indonesian)

* 8. Event Calendar

- Multi-GNSS environment for sustainable development
(9-13 September 2013, Hoi An, Vietnam)

- 64th International Astronautical Congress
(23-27 September 2013, Beijing, China)

- APSCC 2013 Satellite Conference & Exhibition
(24-26 September 2013, Hong Kong)

- Asia Geospatial Forum
(24-26 September 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

- 13th Australian Space Science Conference
(30 September - 2 October 2013, Sydney, Australia)

- ACRS 2013
(20-24 October 2013, Bali, Indonesia)

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