Data Sharing Service Platform and Its Applications Pilot
The proposal on APSCO Data Sharing Project was put forward by all Member States during the EGMFP-1 of Space Activities and Development relating to APSCO which held in Bangkok in April 2005. It was further discussed in the First Meeting of ACPP which held in Beijing in September 2007. The priority projects recommended by the Member States based on these proposals fully reflect the urgent needs of earth observation technology applications by using the existing resources and the advantages of organizational cooperation within the Member States. This project was approved by the First Meeting of the Council which was held in Beijing, China from 16 to 17 December 2008. During the Second Meeting of the Council held in Beijing, China from 17 to 18 December 2009, all Member States agreed that APSCO should conduct Feasibility Study on Data Sharing Service Platform and its Applications as a prioritized project.
The objective of this project is to build the data sharing platform and provide full service of the space applications and space technology to maximize the effectiveness to meet the demand of different levels of users from the Member States, Asia-Pacific countries and regional users etc. The platform shall construct a bridge between space remote sensing data and applications to enhance the level of spatial information application techniques and data sharing, to support the demonstration, technical training, data communication, infrastructure construction, and to improve utilization capacity of space resources of all Member States.
Following are the major events related to this project:
1 The First Workshop on Proposal for APSCO Data Sharing Project
The Workshop on Proposal for Data Sharing Project was held in Beijing, China from 29 March to 2 April 2010. 29 experts from the Member States, Signatory State and non-Member States attended this workshop.
During this workshop five technical sessions were organized one after the other:
(i) User Requirement Analysis and ROI Analysis
(ii) Draft APSCO Data Sharing Policy and Data Resource Prediction
(iii) System Design and Centralized Database
(iv) Application and Training Plan
(v) Implementation Plan
In each session, APSCO experts debriefed the study framework at the beginning, followed by discussions carried out by all participants.
At the end of the meeting, all participants agreed that the result from this workshop would be consolidated and circulated to each participant for their further comments and suggestions. All participants also agreed unanimously that the report of feasibility study should be presented to the Third Meeting of the Council for approval.
2 Bid Evaluation for Data Sharing Project
Data Sharing Project was approved to be implemented as the basic activity by the Fourth Meeting of the Council. In accordance with that APSCO Secretariat began implementation on the first phase of the project, and thus achieved the first milestone towards implementation of the project. Seven companies of Bidders recommended by Member States from Bangladesh, China, Iran, and Thailand which interested in this competition, but only two Bidders from China submitted the bids by due date.
The Bid Evaluation Committee (BEC) was established with seven Members nominated and appointed by non-bidding Member States, i.e. Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, and two from APSCO Secretariat.
On 15 April 2011, the Bid Opening was conducted in Beijing by the BEC, and organized by Guo Xing Tendering Company of China. At the last stages, there were only two bidders, China Center for Resource Satellite Data & Application (CRESDA) and Academy of Opto-Electronics, Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), who completed and were evaluated for award. CRESDA was declared by the BEC as the successful bidder and was invited for Contract Award.
3 Contract Signing Ceremony between APSCO and CRESDA
After the open bidding process, the Contract Signing Ceremony between APSCO and CRESDA was held on 6 May 2011 at the Headquarter of APSCO.
The Contract was signed by the Secretary-General of APSCO and Director-General of CRESDA. The event was witnessed by the representatives from MIIT of China, China Aerospace Science and Technology Cooperation (CASC), Guo Xing Tendering Company, and the APSCO Secretariat.
The milestone event kicked off the first project of APSCO which was expected to be completed and operationalized by CRESDA in 12 months. It will benefit the Member States of APSO to share remote sensing data for early warning, mitigating disasters and exploitation of resources by the Member States.
4 The Opening Ceremony of Ground Receiving Station for Small Multi-Mission Satellite
At the APSCO platform, a Small Multi-Mission Satellite called ¡°SMMS" for disaster monitoring and natural resources exploration including Ka band experimental subsystem for communication, was conceived and jointly developed by the Thai and the Chinese Government. The project was completed in 2008, and the Opening Ceremony of Ka-band Ground Receiving Station was held in December 2008 in Bangkok, Thailand.
Later in July 2009, negotiations on cooperation expansion for SMMS application of satellite imagery in areas beneficial to the development of Thailand took place. The Chinese Government proposed a project to construct a ground station to receive and process SMMS imagery as this could benefit in the exploration of natural resources, agricultural planning and disaster monitoring, etc.
In December 2010, the contract of Ground Receiving Station for SMMS was signed between the CRESDA on behalf of the Chinese Government and the Kasetsart University on behalf of Thai Government. The Station was installed at the Boonsom Suwachirat, the Faculty of Engineering of Kasetsart University.
In April 2011, the Handing-over Ceremony of the Ground Receiving Station for SMMS was held between CRESDA and Kasertsat University. The Ceremony was witnessed by Ms. Jurawan Boonperm, Permenent, Secretary of MICT of Thailand, Professor Wuttichai Kapilakarn, President of the Kasertsat University and Mr. Zhang Xiaodong, Vice-President of China Great Wall Industry Company, Mr. Xu Wen, General-Director of CRESDA, and Madam Liu Xiaohong, Director-General of APSCO Administrative and Financial Department.
Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn Mahidol graciously gave the name ¡°Chulabhorn Satellite Receiving Station¡± and attended the Opening Ceremony of the Satellite Receiving Station on 9 July 2011.