The Preliminary Design Review (PDR) meeting of the Asia-Pacific Space Science Observatories (APSSO) Project was organized through a teleconference during 8-11 March, 2021. The project team from the project lead, the Space Debris Observation and Data Application Center, China National Space Administration (SDOAC, CNSA), and experts from the Member States of APSCO participated in the meeting.
Ms. Qi Yu, Secretary-General of APSCO, addressed a welcome speech to the participants. She emphasized the importance of this project as one of the key strategic networks of APSCO. She expressed her sincere thanks and appreciation to all Member States for their continuous support, especially the project lead, SDOAC, CNSA for their great contribution and leadership during the implementation of the project.
The PDR meeting was chaired by Dr. Manop Aorpimai, Director-General of the Department of Strategic Planning and Program Management. The experts discussed various aspects of the project that included hosting site preparation, updated project implementation plan, telescope design and data center hardware and software design during the meeting. All Member States agreed on the updated project implementation plan with 5 years implementation period. After the PDR meeting, a two-day technical training was also delivered by SDOAC, CNSA to introduce telescope technology and data center software development.