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News Mail No. 144 October 3, 2016


  • 1. APRSAF-23 Updates
    - Registration of APRSAF-23 closes on October 10.
    - Overall program announced.
  • 2. News on APRSAF Activities
    - "2nd Japan-Australia GEO-LEO Applications Workshop" held in Tokyo, Japan.
    - "Asian Try Zero-G 2016" was performed aboard International Space Station
  • 3. News on APRSAF Community:
    - India organized Bengaluru Space Expo 2016.
    - Asia Pacific Aerospace Quality Group (APAQG) Seminar on November 18 in Sofitel, Manila
    - KARI develops new Earth observing satellite "Kompsat-7".
    - India launched a new weather satellite "INSAT-3DR"successfully.
    - ISRO launched EO satellite "SCATSAT-1" along with 7 small satellites
  • 4. Event Calendar

* 1. APRSAF-23 Information

- Registration of APRSAF-23 closes on October 10.
Registration for APRSAF-23 will close on October 10. Please register through our web site:

- Overall program announced.
APRSAF secretariat uploaded tentative program of APRSAF-23 on web site. This version shows details of plenary session including special sessions. Updated overall program is now available at: http://www.aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf23/program.php

* 2. News on APRSAF Activities

- "Asian Try Zero-G 2016" was performed aboard International Space Station
On September 14, "Asian Try Zero-G 2016" microgravity experiments, a program of APRSAF's Kibo-ABC Initiative, was conducted by JAXA astronaut Takuya Onishi in "Kibo" Japanese experiment module of International Space Station (ISS). He performed five experiments selected from over 120 proposals from APRSAF member countries. Proposers from Indonesia, Thailand, and Singapore visited JAXA's Tsukuba Space Center to observe the operation in real time, with the coordination by the members of Kibo-ABC in each country. Video is available on Kibo Utilization Office for Asia (KUOA) web site: http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/kuoa/news/try_zero_g_2016_0914.html

- "2nd Japan-Australia GEO-LEO Applications Workshop" held in Tokyo, Japan.
On September 1 and 2, "2nd Japan-Australia GEO-LEO Applications Workshop", organized by JAXA, was held in Tokyo, Japan. This workshop is a follow-up to the workshop on "Non-Meteorological Applications for Next Generation Geostationary Satellites" held in August 2015 in Brisbane, Australia. Japan and Australia are working in collaboration for the use of geostationary earth observing satellites, especially in combination with low Earth orbit (LEO) observing satellites. About 30 participants attended the workshop to discuss and confirm focus projects for the GEO-LEO Initiative (in two key application areas: hotspot/haze monitoring and ocean parameter monitoring (SST, ocean colour)), taking into account end-users and societal values.

GEO Applications web site:

* 3. News on APRSAF Community

- India organized Bengaluru Space Expo 2016
Antrix Corporation Limited and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) in coordination with Confederation of Indian Industry organized the fifth edition of Bengaluru Space Expo 2016 during Sept 1 to 3 in Bengaluru, India. Number of delegates from industry from India and abroad, ISRO and delegates and visitors from 15 countries including USA, Japan, France, Australia, Switzerland, Taiwan, Russia and Ukraine attended the event.

ISRO web site:

- Asia Pacific Aerospace Quality Group(APAQG) Seminar
The APAQG holds the first seminar for aerospace companies and stake holders on November 18th in Sofitel Philippine Plaza Manila, after the plenary session of APRSAF-23. Quality Management is now the key matter of the aviation, military, and space program or business. The International Aerospace Quality Group(IAQG) and its one of three sectors, APAQG lead international rulemaking and collaboration in these fields. As no advance registration is needed and the seminar is open publicly, those who has interest are welcome. For detailed information of the seminar, please refer: http://www.apaqg.org/

- KARI develops new Earth observing satellite "Kompsat-7".
On September 7, Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning of Korea announced the start of development of Korea's new Earth observing satellite "Kompsat-7". Spatial resolution of Kompsat07 is 0.3m. The launch is planned in late in 2017.

Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning Press Release (Korean)

- India launched a new weather satellite "INSAT-3DR"successfully.
On September 8, India successfully launched its new weather satellite "INSAT-3DR" on board Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV-F05) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR (SDSC SHAR) in Sriharikota. The satellite will be place at 74 degree East longitude on Geosynchronous orbit.

ISRO Press Release

- ISRO launched EO satellite "SCATSAT-1" along with 7 small satellites.
ISRO launched "SCATSAT-1" Satellite along with seven co-passenger satellites on board PSLV-C35 on September 26 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR. SCATSAT-1 aims to provide wind vector data products for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking services to the users. Other 7 satellites are from India (PRATHAM and PISAT), Algeria (ALSAT-1B, ALSAT-2B and ALSAT-1N), Canada (NLS-19) and the United States (Pathfinder-1).

ISRO Press Release

* 4. Event Calendar

- APSCO 8th International Symposium on Space Technology and Applications
(October 3-6, 2016, Lima, Peru)

- Asia-Pacific Satellite Communications Council (APSCC)
2016 Satellite Conference & Exhibition
(October 4-6, 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

- Asia-Pacific Space Leaders Forum
(November 2, New Delhi, India)

- GEO-XIII Plenary
(November 7-10, 2016, St. Petersburg, Russia)

- Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum 23 (APRSAF-23)
(November 15-18, 2016, Manila, Philippines)

- Inter Islamic Network on Space Sciences and Technology(ISNET)/NARSS Workshop on Earth Remote Sensing with Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR)
(November 27-December 1, 2016, Cairo, Egypt)

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