The First Expert Group Meeting on Ground Station Networking of SMMS Constellation Program was held from 11-13 May 2020 through teleconference. Experts and officials from Bangladesh, China, Iran, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand, Turkey and the project management team from APSCO Secretariat participated in the meeting.
The meeting was chaired by Dr. Manop Aorpimai, Director-General of Strategic Planning and Program Management Department of APSCO. Discussions on the Implementation Proposal of Ground Station Networking of SMMS Constellation Program were carried out based on recommendations, comments and review item discrepancies raised by the experts from Member States. Furthermore, ground station related information and policy available in Member States were introduced which was important input for networking the ground stations and operating the SMMS Constellation most efficiently. As a conclusion, based on the complete execution of all Action Items raised in the meeting and emendation of the Implementation Proposal accordingly, experts from Member States agreed in principle to propose the project for implementation under APSCO platform.