Monday, May 10, 2010

Melbourne to Host the Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum

 In November 2010, Melbourne will play host the 17th Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF-17) meeting.

APRSAF was established in 1993 to “enhance the development of each country’s space program and to exchange views towards future cooperation in space activities in the Asia-Pacific Region”.

Australia has regularly participated in APRSAF meetings previously, and has even hosted a meeting before. But it is perhaps the timing that strikes me as interesting on this one. The Space Policy Unit will be hosting a major regional Space Agency forum, at almost the exact same time as they are scheduled to announce their new Australian National Space Policy. Perhaps this meeting will provide the opportunity to make a big announcement?

It would also serve the Rudd Governments other aims through developing international cooperation, particularly in the Asia Pacific region, and help Australia begin to show some diplomatic strength with major regional space players such as Japan, China, Korea and India.

For more information on the APRSAF go here.

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