15 - 18 November 2022 (Hanoi,Vietnam)
The 28th Session of the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-28) was held from 15 to 18 November 2022 in Hanoi, Vietnam. It was co-organized by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT), the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), and the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (VAST). APRSAF was established in 1993 to enhance space activities in the Asia-Pacific region. Attended by space agencies, governments, and international organizations such as the United Nations as well as companies, universities and research institutes, this forum is the largest space-related conference in the Asia Pacific region. APRSAF has four Working Groups: the (1) Space Applications Working Group (SAWG), (2) Space Technology Working Group (STWG), (3) Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG), and the (4) Space Education Working Group (SEWG). APRSAF participants share information about their activities and future plans for their countries and regions in each working group. APRSAF also supports international projects designed to find solutions to common issues such as disaster management and environmental protection.
ADRC participated in the working session of the SAWG and gave the first presentation on Sentinel Asia emergency observation requests (EOR) and future action plans. The Sentinel Asia initiative involves the use of space-based information in the form of satellite images for disaster management. ADRC has been tasked with the responsibility of receiving emergency observation requests from ADRC member countries and Joint Project Team (JPT) members. ADRC gave the second presentation on our activities for the "Demonstration Experiment using MICHIBIKI (Quasi-Zenith Satellite System: QZSS)." This activity, which mainly targets the Asia-Pacific region, is to develop early warnings to encourage residents to take prompt evacuation actions.
ADRC will continue to actively participate in activities related to the utilization of space technology in the field of disaster prevention.