About Working Groups
APRSAF has restructured its four (4) working groups into the following five (5) new Working Groups and one (1) Workshop;
The Space Applications Working Group (SAWG) is reorganized as the Satellite Applications for Societal Benefit Working Group (SAWG) to include “satellite navigation” in its scope of activities,
Space Technology Working Group (STWG) is reorganized as the Enhancement of Space Capability Working Group (SCWG) to include "Engineering Management" in its scope of activities,
Space Education Working Group (SEWG) is reorganized as the Space Education for All Working Group (SE4AWG) to include "higher education and the concept of education for all" in its scope of activities,
Space Environment Utilization Working Group (SEUWG) is reorganized as the Space Frontier Working Group (SFWG), expanding the scope of activities to include “space exploration”,
Space Policy and Law Working Group (SPLWG) is newly established to enhance information sharing and mutual learning of the practice of space policy and law in each country and the policy options toward common regional issues.
It will also organize Space Industry Workshop (SIWS) to be held during APRSAF annual sessions.
This restructuring of working group activity is fully in line with the four goals set out in the Nagoya Vision.
From the APRSAF-1 to 7, we had plenary sessions focused on exchanging general information of each country and views to the future cooperation in the Asia Pacific region.
At APRSAF-8 & 9, we set up 4 working groups (WG), Earth Observation, Communication Satellite Applications, Space Environment Utilization, and Space Education and Awareness to embody the cooperation in our region. In consequence, we adopted the general recommendations which reflected the proposals by each W.G.
At APRSAF-10 & 11, there was a plenary session and three working groups, Earth Observation Working Group(EO), Communication Satellite Applications Working Group(CSA) and Space Education and Awareness Working Group(SEA). The issues regarding Space Environment Utilization was discussed at SEA. Through the discussion, each working group submitted their proposals to the plenary session and all participants adopted the recommendations.
At APRSAF-12, Space Environment Utilization Working Group (International Space Station Working Group) and Sentinel Asia initiative were newly established.
At APRSAF-21, responding to recommendations from APRSAF-20, the new framework for working groups was introduced toward socio-economic outcome-oriented structure. Under the new framework, more cooperation with user organizations, development aid agencies and other entities outside the space fields is expected to contribute to solving common issues in the Asia- Pacific region.
At APRSAF-27, based on the Nagoya Vision, which was adopted at the 26th session of APRSAF (APRSAF-26), five (5) new Working Groups and one (1) Workshop make a fresh start by expanding their scope of activities to cover new interests and needs of the region to a greater extent.
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