APSCO, the Asia-Pacific Space CooperationOrganization, headquartered in Beijing, was inaugurated in 2008 as aninter-governmental organization. It is registered in United Nations as anon-profit independent body with full international legal status and is aPermanent Observer at the UNCOPUOS.
By resource sharing in space science, space technologyand space application, APSCO promotes multilateral cooperation to facilitatecapacity-building of its Members: Bangladesh, China, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan,Peru, Thailand and Turkey; Signatory State Indonesia; Observer State Mexico;and Associate Member State Egypt.
The cooperation of past decade has achieved fruitfuloutcomes.
Talent training is at the core of capacity-buildingin developing countries. APSCO education and training is the Basic Activity ofAPSCO and caters for capacity-building of professionals and students from thespace agencies, institutes and universities from the Member States of APSCO.
By cooperatingwith 3 top Universities in China, APSCO provides Master and Ph.D degreeeducation for the Member States. Thestudents are fully sponsored by APSCO and China Scholarship Council. Thegraduates are engaged in the field of space research, application and management,and make contributions to domestic social economic development andinternational cooperation.
APSCO regularlyorganizes short trainings, on-line and on-site trainings on different topics ofspace technology and its applications. More than 150 trainees from MemberStates are involved in training, every year.
For new generation at college and high school, APSCOorganizes Space Science School, Space Innovation Contest and CanSat Competitionactivities for encouraging them to explore space science and initiate the ideaof future universe.
APSCO’s Student Small Satellite program is asuccessful sustainable collaborate program which provides hands-on training tostudents and allied universities in the Member States.
To optimize cooperativeactivies among its Member States, enjoying tremendous geographic advantage, anumber of neworks were initially established by APSCO:
Data Sharing Network. To meet the demand of wide range of satelliteremote sensing data, APSCO initiated the Data Sharing Service Platform (DSSP) forfree data sharing among its Members in 2012.The resources are from China, and willalso be provided by Pakistan, Peru, Thailand and Turkey. Meteorologicalsatellite data can also available through this DSSP.
Space Segment Networkand Interconnection of Ground Systems. APSCO joint Small Multi-Mission Satellites(SMMS) Constellation consists of three in-orbit remote sensing satellitesprovided by China and Eight new satellites which are planned to jointlydeveloped by all Member States. By connecting all ground stations inparticipating countries, the system efficiency and benefits will be extremelymultiplied.
Ground-Based SpaceObject Observation(APOSOS) Network. Enhanced observation duration andperspective is achieved through the network of ground-based space observationsystem for space object detection, tracking, and identifying capabilitybuilding. Three telescopes have been installed in Iran, Pakistan and Peru, anda data center was established for data sharing and joint observation operating.In next phase, the system will be completed with observation nodes expansion.
Natural disastersfrequently occur in Asia Pacific region. To enhance disaster management andrescue capability, APSCO jointly conducted studies on remote sensing dataapplication for drought, flood and landslide, compatible GNSS for emergencyuse, earthquake prediction based on ground Ionospheric sounding andElectromagnetic Satellite. Furthermore, APSCO is developing a disastermanagement framework with Charter-similar Mechanism.
APSCO has initiated many other networks to sharingspace infrastructure, such as tele-medicine, International GNSS Monitoring andAssessment Service. To strengthen space technology, different researches arealso carried out, like Radiometric Calibration of Satellite Sensors, IonosphereModeling through Study of Radio Wave Propagation, Atmospheric Effects onKa-Band Rain Attenuation.
APSCO has commissioned Education and Training CenterNetwork in all of its Member States. This network serves online trainingprograms and frequent knowledge exchange.
Toprovide a platform for knowledge-sharing among the developing and the developed countries inworld-wide, APSCO has formalized ‘International Symposium’ and ‘Space Law &Policy Workshop/Forum’, inviting top well-known experts and professionals toshare experiences and latest research conclusions.
APSCO attachesgreat importance to its cooperative relationship with UN-OOSA and allspace-faring nations and international organizations and establishes closecooperation with IAF, UN-ESCAP, ESA. APSCO is an Observer of ICG and GEO andparticipates in IAC and space activities towards realizing SPACE2030 Agenda andthematic priorities of UNISPACE +50. APSCO commemorates a decade of excellentspace cooperation and strong support with its Member States, Associate MemberState, Signatory State and its Observers and acknowledges an excellentcooperation with all partners, who contributed to APSCO’s success.