The Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) headquartered in Beijing was inaugurated in 2008 as an inter-governmental organization. APSCO provides a cooperative mechanism for developing countries in the region to be able to main stream peaceful use of space as a drive of development.
By resource sharing in space science, space technology and space application, APSCO promotes multilateral cooperation to facilitate capacity building of its Members, including:Bangladesh, China, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand and Turkey;Signatory State Indonesia, Observer State Mexico.
Talent training is a very important Core of capacity building in developing countries. As the Basic Activity, APSCO Education and Training is catered for professionals and students from space agencies, institutes and universities.
By cooperating with 3 top Universities in China, APSCO provides Master and Ph.D. degree education for Member States. The students are fully sponsored by APSCO and China Scholarship Council. The graduates are engaged in the field of space research, application and management and make contributions to domestic social economic development and international cooperation.
APSCO regularly organizes short trainings, on-line and on-site trainings on different topics of space technology and its applications.More than 150 trainees from Member States are involved in every year.
For new generation at college and high school, APSCO organizes Space Science School, Space Innovation Contest and CanSat Competition activities for encouraging them to explore space science and incubate the idea of future universe.
APSCO’s Student Small Satellite program is a successful sustainable collaborate program which provides hands-on training to students and allied the universities among Member States.
To optimize cooperative activies among its Member States with their tremendous geographic distribution advantage, a numberof neworks were initially established by APSCO:
Data Sharing Network To meet the demand of wide range of satellite remote sensing data, APSCO initiated the Data Sharing Service Platform (DSSP) for free data sharing among its Members in 2012.The resources are from China, and will also be provided by Iran, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand and Turkey. Meteorological satellite data can also available through this platform.
Space Segment Network and Interconnection of Ground Systems. APSCO joint Small Multi-Mission Satellites(SMMS) Constellation consists of three in-orbit remote sensing satellites providedby China and Eight new satellites which are planned to jointly developed by all Member States. By connecting all ground stations in participating countries, the system efficiency and benefits will be extremely multiplied.
Ground-Based Space Object Observation (APOSOS) Network Enhanced observation duration and perspectiveis achieved through the network of ground-based space observation system forspace object detection, tracking, and identifying capability building. Three telescopeshave been installed in Iran, Pakistan and Peru, and a data center was established for data sharing and joint observation operating. In next phase, the system will be completed with observation nodes expansion.
Disaster Monitoring Network Natural disasters frequentlyoccur in Asia Pacific region. To enhance disaster management and rescue capability, APSCO jointly conducted studies on remote sensing data application for drought, flood and landslide, compatible GNSS for emergency use, earthquake prediction based on ground Ionospheric sounding and Electromagnetic Satellite. Furthermore, APSCO is developing a disaster management framework with Charter-similar Mechanism.
Space Application Network APSCO has initiated many other networks to sharing space infrastructure, such as tele-medicine, International GNSS Monitoring and Assessment Service. To strengthen space technology, different researches are also carried out, like Radiometric Calibration of Satellite Sensors, Ionosphere Modeling through Study of Radio Wave Propagation, Atmospheric Effects on Ka-Band Rain Attenuation.
Education and Training Centre/ Network APSCO has commissioned Education and Training Center / Network in all of its Member States.This network serves online training programs and frequent knowledge exchange.
To provide a platform for knowledge-sharing among the developing and the developed countries, APSCO has formalized ‘International Symposium’ and ‘Space Law & PolicyWorkshop/Forum’, inviting top well-known experts and professionals to share experiences and latest research conclusions.
APSCO attaches great importance to its cooperative relationship with UN-OOSA and all space-faring nations and international organizations and establishes close cooperation with IAF, UN-ESCAP, ESA. APSCO is an Observer of ICG and GEO and participates in IAC and space activitiestowards realizing SPACE2030 Agenda and thematic priorities of UNISPACE +50. APSCO commemorates a decade of excellent space cooperation and strong support with its Members and acknowledges an excellent cooperation with all partners, who contributed to APSCO’s success.