APSCO Training Course and APSCO & ISSI-BJ Forum on “Science Missions using CubeSats” were organized in Thailand
The Secretariat of APSCO organized the Training Course followed up by Brainstorming Forum on “Science Missions using CubeSats” from 3-8 June, 2019 in Si Racha, Chon Buri Province, Thailand. The Training Course is organized for 3 days by APSCO Secretariat and 2-day Brainstorming Forum is jointly co-organized by International Space Science Institute in Beijing (ISSI-BJ), and hosted by Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA). Both events share the same topic.
The Opening Ceremony was held in the morning of June 3, 2019 (Training) and June 6, 2019 (Forum) at the Auditorium of Sirindhorn Center for Geo-Informatics (SCGI) located in Space Krenovation Park (SKP) and was attended and addressed by Dr. Aorpimai Manop, Director General of Department of Strategic Planning and Program Management of APSCO; Dr. Maurizio Falanga, Executive Director of ISSI-BJ; Mr. Pierre Hagmann, Embassy of Switzerland in Bangkok and Dr. Tanita Suepa, Chief of Instructional Media and Curriculum Development Division of GISTDA. They all welcomed the guests from 15 countries and wished all participants a wonderful and fruitful experience in Thailand.
The training programme provided an overview of the importance, current practice and future perspectives for “Science Missions using CubeSats” and the different generic categories of instruments used to monitor space weather from the ground. The experts from Institute of Space Technology (IST), Dr. Qamarul Islam; Technische University Munchen, Germany, Prof. Martin Langer; Institute of Space Technology, Aalto University, Finland, Dr. Muhammad Rizwan; Politechnico di Torino, Italy, Prof. Lenoardo Reyneri and Shanxi Engineering Laboratory for Microsatellites, Prof. Yu Xiaozhou contributed to this training programme.
During the training programme, students visited satellite Ground Control and Image Segment of GISTDA which gaines impressive experience for all the participants.
The Forum section have brought the trainees to a larger community of scientists, scholars and futuristic minds and gave them the opportunity to hear the new ideas, get more push towards a carrier in this field and also gave wings to their own thoughts and ideas as well. Dr. Manop made a presentation about APSCO’s current and future plans to use CubeSats as a tool for capacity-building and university cooperation.
A total of 40 participants from Bangladesh, China, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, Switzerland, Thailand and Turkey attended this event. They are technical experts of agencies and universities involved in CubeSats including 15 participants from APSCO Member States.
The events were successfully concluded on 7th June 2019. At the closing ceremony, Dr. Aorpimai Manop and Dr. Maurizio Falanga made the closing speech and summary of the Forum; they emphasized that publication of the Forum report will be undertaken soon and expressed their best wishes to all participants. A cultural tour was organized on 8th June for the participants. The participants expressed their satisfaction over the content of the events and arrangement of technical and cultural visits. They exchanged views during the break time and also suggestions and advises were given for future improvements.