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ASIA-PACIFIC REGIONAL SPACE AGENCY FORUM (APRSAF)
News Mail No. 153 September 29, 2017
http://www.aprsaf.org/
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  • 1. APRSAF-24 Updates
    - APRSAF-24 Registration to Close on October 5
    - Program of APRSAF-24 Updated
    - Applications for Exhibit Space to Close on September 30
  • 2. News on APRSAF Activities
    - Eight Experiment Ideas Selected for "Asian Try Zero-G 2018"
  • 3. News on APRSAF Community
    - 6th International Training Course on Small Satellite Missions to Open from November
    - 10th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium held in Vietnam
    - Tokyo International Conference on the Forest Governance Initiative to Open October 24-26
    - Radiant.Earth and Australia CSIRO's Data61 Partner to Improve Disaster Resilience from Space
    - Communication Satellite "JCSat-18/Kacific-1" to be Launched by SpaceX Falcon 9 in 2019
    - Australia to Announce Establishment of National Space Agency
  • 4. Event Calendar

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* 1. APRSAF-24 Updates
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- APRSAF-24 Registration to Close on October 5
Registration for the APRSAF-24 will close on October 5, 2017.
Since APRSAF Secretariat may not be able to accept onsite registration, we strongly recommend you to complete your registration by the due date.
Online registration is available at:
http://www.aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf24/registration.php
In addition, please make sure to read the visa requirements and be aware that the necessary documents from the Local Secretariat of APRSAF-24 will only be issued after you complete registration.

- Program of APRSAF-24 Updated
The updated, overall program of APRSAF-24 has now been posted on the website:
https://aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf24/program.php

- Applications for Exhibit Space to Close on September 30
We are currently accepting applications for APRSAF-24 exhibitions, scheduled from November 14-17.
Interested organizations may apply through our application form, available at:
https://aprsaf.org/annual_meetings/aprsaf24/exhibition.php
Please note that the last date for receiving completed application forms is September 30, 2017.

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* 2. News on APRSAF Activities
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- Eight Experiment Ideas Selected for "Asian Try Zero-G 2018"
Kibo-ABC, the initiative promoting the utilization of the International Space Station (ISS) Japan Experiment Module "Kibo" in the Asia-Pacific region, announced it had selected eight simple space experiment ideas for "Asian Try Zero-G 2018". Each experiment will be conducted by JAXA astronaut Norishige Kanai, the Expedition 54/55 crew, on ISS/Kibo.
One key difference from the previous Asian Try Zero-G programs is the plan to launch experiment tools to the ISS. This is a significant new opportunity, with launch tools to be prepared by Asian proposers/Kibo-ABC agencies.

For more information, please refer to the link of the Kibo Utilization Office for Asia (KUOA).
http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/kuoa/news/try_zero_g_2018_theme.html

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* 3. News on APRSAF Community
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- 6th International Training Course on Small Satellite Missions to Open from November
The Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in Asia and the Pacific (CSSTEAP) is to jointly organize the 6th International Training Course on Small Satellite Missions with the ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) and the Indian Institute of Remote Sensing (IIRS). CSSTEAP is affiliated with the United Nations and aims to be a high quality education and research institution that is capable of significant attainments in the development and transmission of knowledge in all relevant fields of space science and technology. The training course will run from November 20 - December 1, 2017, at the IIRS, Dehradun, India. The course is aimed at decision-makers, senior space technologists, managers, researchers, and professionals in the field of space technology. The last date for receipt of applications has been extended until September 30, 2017. For further information, please visit the CSSTEAP website.
References:
CSSTEAP
http://www.cssteap.org/
Course Brochure PDF:
http://www.cssteap.org/documents/SSM_Brochure_2017.pdf

- 10th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium held in Vietnam
The 10th Symposium of the Global Earth Observation System of Systems, Asia-Pacific (10th GEOSS-AP Symposium) was held from September 18-20, 2017, at the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST). The symposium was organized by the VAST, the Vietnam National Space Center (VNSC) and the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), with the support of Japan's Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). Under the theme of "Accelerating the realization of the SDGs with Earth Observations: Lessons from the Asia-Oceania region," the symposium focused on Asia-Oceania's, and especially Vietnam's, need for Earth observation (EO) information, data sharing and data platforms, regional user engagement as well as thematic topics, towards accelerating the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Reference:
The 10th GEOSS Asia-Pacific Symposium
https://vnsc.org.vn/geoss-ap10/program.html

- Tokyo International Conference on the Forest Governance Initiative to Open October 24-26
The Tokyo International Conference on the Forest Governance Initiative will be held from October 24-26, 2017. This conference is co-organized by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), JAXA, and the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (MAFF). The two-day conference will give participants the opportunity to exchange views on how developing countries can effectively promote forest management, including how to tackle illegal deforestation activities, by using the JICA-JAXA Forest Early Warning System in the Tropics (JJ-FAST), other forest early warning systems and remote sensing satellite technologies. In addition, relevant policy measures and how development partners can support the country's efforts will be discussed.
Reference:
EORC/JAXA
http://www.eorc.jaxa.jp/jjfast/topics/20170830/merge_data_v1.pdf

- Radiant.Earth and Australia CSIRO's Data61 Partner to Improve Disaster Resilience from Space
CSIRO's Data61, the leading data innovation group in Australia, has announced that it will partner with Radiant.Earth, the US-based non-profit organization which is aggregating the world's open Earth imagery and providing access and education on its use to the global development community (GDC). Collaboration is planned to develop joint research into satellite imagery and earth observation data for disaster resilience, in areas such as human disaster management, health, climate change and sustainable water management. One planned activity will include the hosting of open data on Radiant.Earth's platform, and the demonstration of Data61's mapping products and tools on that platform, primarily in the Asia-Pacific Region.
Reference:
CSIRO News release
https://www.csiro.au/en/News/News-releases/2017/Data61-and-Radiant-Earth-team-up-to-improve-disaster-resilience-from-space

- Communication Satellite "JCSat-18/Kacific-1" to be Launched by SpaceX Falcon 9 in 2019
SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation, Japan, has announced that the new communication satellite JCSat-18 that is being built by The Boeing Company will be launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 in 2019. The satellite is a condominium satellite shared with a Singapore-based satellite operator, Kacific Broadband Satellites Pte. Ltd (Kacific), and they will operate under the name of Kacific-1.
References:
SKY Perfect JSAT News Release
http://www.sptvjsat.com/load_pdf.php?pTb=t_news_&pRi=973&pJe=2
Kacific News
http://kacific.com/kacific-selects-spacex-to-provide-launch-service/

- Australia to Announce Establishment of National Space Agency
The government of Australia announced Sept. 25 that it plans to formally establish a national space agency. The announcement was made by Sen. Simon Birmingham, the Minister of Education for the government of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, during the speech of the 68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC).
References:
Australia to establish national space agency http://spacenews.com/australia-to-establish-national-space-agency/
Turnbull Government to establish national space agency http://www.minister.industry.gov.au/ministers/sinodinos/media-releases/turnbull-government-establish-national-space-agency

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* 4. Event Calendar
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- 9th Multi-GNSS Asia (MGA) Conference
(October 9-11, 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia)
http://www.multignss.asia/index.html

- ISNET/RJGC Workshop on "CUBESAT TECHNOLOGIES: Its Design and Development"
(October 15-19, 2017, Amman, Jordan)
http://isnet.org.pk/pages/activities-2017-02.asp

- United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction
(October 23-25, 2017, Beijing, China)
https://register.unoosa.org/civicrm/event/info?reset=1&id=88

- 38th Asian Conference on Remote Sensing (ACRS-2017)
(October 23-27, 2017, New Delhi, India)
http://www.acrs2017.org/

- Tokyo International Conference on the Forest Governance Initiative
(October 24-26, 2017, Tokyo, Japan)
http://www.itto.int/workshop_detail/id=5238

- GEO-XIV Plenary
(October 25-26, 2017, Washington D.C., USA)
https://www.earthobservations.org/geo14.php#

- 6th International Training Course on Small Satellite Missions
(November 20-Decemver 1, 2017, Dehradun, India)
http://www.cssteap.org/

- International Conference in Vietnam: Space Science and Technology
(December 12-15, 2017, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam)
http://sst.phy.hcmiu.edu.vn/

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