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Report from Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG) at the 25th APRSAF, in Singapore

Last Updated: December 11, 2018

The 25th session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-25) was successfully convened at Sheraton Towers Singapore from November 6 to 9, 2018. The Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG) [PDF: 61KB] and the Kibo-ABC Workshop, co-chaired by Mr. Cheng Hai Tan from SSTA and Mr. Fumiaki Tanigaki from JAXA, were held.

Co-Chairs of SEUWG (left: Mr.Tanigaki, right: Mr.Tan) (Credit: JAXA)

At the keynote speech of the plenary session Dr. Hiroshi Yamakawa, president of JAXA, introduced Asian Try Zero-G 2018 (ATZ-G 2018) and described the great collaborative results of Kibo utilization in Asian countries. ATZ-G 2018 related activities were also mentioned by representatives of the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam as well as upcoming Kibo utilization opportunities such as cube sat deployment by J-SSOD and protein crystallization. APRSAF-25 was successfully completed with the strong support of Singapore.

Summary of the SEUWG: 6-7th November, 2018

Program [PDF: 274KB]


SEUWG at APRSAF-25 (Credit: JAXA)

The SEUWG took place with 75 participants from 20 countries.

The event started with country reports from Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

On the 2nd day, professor Shinichi Nakasuka from the University of Tokyo presented the keynote "Micro/nano/pico-satellites for affordable space utilizations and international collaborations". Participants acknowledged the advantages of J-SSOD and i-SEEP for small satellites through the presentation.

Keynote Speech by Prof. Shinichi Nakasuka (Credit: JAXA)

Following the keynote speech, representatives of various CubeSats to be deployed from J-SSOD actively discussed various topics, including the other experiment which uses ExHAM and in-flight radiation dosimeter.

Dr. Xueliang Bai from the National University of Singapore (NUS) gave a presentation of SpooQy-1, 3U CubeSat to be deployed from ISS/Kibo. (Credit: JAXA)

Professor Nakasuka gave technical advices to a young engineer of Surya Sat (Indonesia)at coffee break. (Credit: JAXA)

Introduction of UBAKUSAT (Turkey), 3U CubeSat deployed from ISS/Kibo, by Mr. Ali Baygeldi. (Credit: JAXA)

Principal Investigator and Co-investigator of SOFPADS experiment, Dr. Noramaliza Binti Mohd Noor (right) and Dr. Fathinul Fikri Ahamd Saad (left) from University Putra Malaysia (UPM). (Credit: JAXA)

During a special session at this year's SEUWG, a variety of speakers discussed ISS commercialization. Following the introduction of the special session by Mr. Cheng Hai Tan (SSTA), two service providers for small satellite deployment from Kibo explained the value of CubeSat development for Asian countries, and their perspective of future business. After discussing Russia's commercialization program and UNOOSA's contribution, Mr. Kazuyoshi Kawasaki (JAXA) introduced the collaboration with private sectors for international space exploration.

The result of the SEUWG was reported by Co-Chairs at the plenary session of the APRSAF-25 on November 8, 2018.

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