Future generation development is one of the priority areas for APSCO. With the development of society and economy, Space Science and Technology has played an important role in our daily life, as mankind benefit from it and rely on it, cultivating younger generation’s interest in space science and technology, selecting potential future space leaders has become a task for all Member States.
In this regard, APSCO has recently organized several prestigious activities and plans to continue with similar activities in the future as a continuous set of Science Schools and Space Competitions.
Space Science School Series
APSCO and the International Space Science Institute in Beijing (ISSI-BJ) have signed a MoU in 2015 for joint organization of a series of Space science Schools and other relevant activities of mutual interest.
The First APSCO & ISSI-BJ Space Science School on “How to Design a Space Science Mission”, was successfully organized by APSCO and ISSI-BJ in cooperation with the Geo-informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) and supported by the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDE) of Thailand from 17 to 26 October 2016 in Chonburi, Thailand. This event was supported strongly by the host country Thailand and made remarkable achievement due to dedicated cooperation of all parties involved.
The Space Science School was attended by 75 participants, including 26 students from the eight Member States and 31 students from other countries, namely, Australia, India, Japan, Nepal, Russia, and Singapore.
Eighteen (18) professional professors and lecturers from China, Japan, Russia, Switzerland, Spain and Thailand were invited to give lectures during the space science school. The contents of the school course mainly covered the practical and theoretical sessions.
The school was organized in a vivid and interactive manner and the participants joined the discussions quite actively. Some of the students also made remarkable presentations which received positive feedback and encouragement from the lecturers and other students. Technical and cultural visits were also organized by GISTDA to give the participants a better taste of the scientific activities and cultural diversity of Thailand.
APSCO and ISSI-BJ are planning to co-organize the 2nd Space Science School in October 2018 in China.
The First APSCO & ISSI-BJ Space Science School on “How to Design a Space Science Mission” Oct.17 -26, 2016 in Chonburi, Thailand
The Cansat International Competition 2016 was successfully organized by Communications and Information Technology Authority (CITA), the government of Mongolia with the support of APSCO on Sep.22-23, 2016 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
Nine teams from Member States of APSCO attended the competition. Main mission of this Cansat competition was to take a picture of specific object in certain place after deployment. The specific object was placed approximately 50 m away by the wind direction from launching site.
After all teams’ hard work and good performance, the APIS Team from Istanbul Technical University, Turkey won the First Prize. The GARUDA Team from Gunadarma University, Indonesia and NUM-SAT1 Team from National University of Mongolia both won the Second Prize. The Sky Defender Team and MUST-GIANT2 Team both won the Third Prize of the competition.
APSCO is planning to organize similar Cansat Competitions with the help of other interested Member States.
APSCO Youth Space Contest
APSCO Youth Space Contest was successfully organized in Beijing, China during 15-21 July, 2017 by APSCO jointly with Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA). The contest was bound to help enhance the youth's innovative spirit, imagination and expressive force, to stimulate the passion and dreams of Asia-Pacific youth to explore the universe, so as to further promote the exchange and cooperation between APSCO Member States. The competition is the first event organized for teenagers to popularize aerospace science knowledge since the establishment of APSCO.
Since the contest was launched by APSCO in March 2017, over 500 participants have worked on a detailed design plan for their own inventions that would be needed to set up a new space home in forms of video, painting, handcraft, essay etc. Finalists were selected to present their ideas in Beijing. 45 students from Member States got in the final and had the chance to show their ideas to everyone. Ultimately, Warisa Jaidee, a 15-year-old girl from Thailand, won the contest in the final with her "space debris cleanup beetle". Warisa's beetle is a small satellite, which is able to communicate with and accept instruction through radio waves. When it finds garbage in space, the "beetle" releases a magnetic network to capture it.
Dr. Li Xinjun, Secretary-General of APSCO, said at the award ceremony: "Teenagers are the future of science, innovation and the world. This competition aims to stimulate the interest and enthusiasm in space science and aerospace industry of the new generation from all Member States and create a platform for cultural exchange and idea collision."
Other activities, such as ‘Space Maker Marathon’ to build rocket and launcher models, ‘My Moon Dream’ to paint wishes that will be recorded and sent to moon by Chang’e 5 Space Probe, were organized continuously in the following days.