The 4th Asia-Pacific Space Generation Workshop (AP-SGW 2017)

Working Group Topics


Special Committee

Socio-Economic Impacts of Regional Satellite Navigation Systems

Global Navigation Satellite Systems have now become an integral part of our lives. GNSS not only caters to Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) world but also finds applications in Agriculture, Aviation, Maritime,Timing and Synchronisation. GPS has been around for about three decades now and last decade has seen emergence of many new players. Global Navigation Systems like Beidou, Galileo and Glonass are either fully or partially operational. Although regional Satellite Navigation Systems like NAVIC (India), BeiDou -1 (China) and QZSS(Japan) were built to address sovereignty issues they have resulted in stimulating the local economy.

The Working Group can explore:

Question 1: Which are the regional Satellite Navigation Systems and their current status?

Question 2: What are Economic Impact of each system? (Japan, China, India, European Union). Has it provided impetus to local GNSS device manufacturers/industry.

Question 3: What are Social Impacts of each systems

  • New Technologies - Fishermen Tracking (Sri Lanka & India)

  • Tsunami Warning System - (Japan)

Question 4: Will the use of multiple regional systems result in higher accuracy?


Permanent Asia Pacific Working Group

Space Diplomacy: Bridging the Divide

On May 7th of this year 6 heads of state (Nepal, Bhutan, Maldives, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan from South Asia applauded India’s ~ $ 70 Million gift to it’s neighbors by way of a communications satellite. There is no past precedent in the space-faring world of a free regional communication satellite being gifted like this. ‘South Asia Satellite’ has become a classic example of ‘Space Diplomacy’.  This working group will survey the existing and upcoming players in the Asia-Pacific region and suggest proposals such as the ‘South Asia Satellite’ for more cooperation.

The Working Group can explore:

Question 1: Who are the current space players in Asia Pacific and what have traditionally been their interests?

Question 2: What are the different ways in which countries could collaborate foster development?

Question 3: What is the role of UN-COPUOS in regional co-operation?


Permanent Technology Working Group

CubeSats as an enabler of Space Technology in Developing Nations

CubeSats have become de-facto standard for Nanosatellites in the past two decades. Although developed for training and educational purposes, CubeSats now find varied commercial applications and have been major instrument of disruption in the small satellite market with the use of COTs products.

Entry of many non-space faring nations such as Bhutan, Vietnam, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Singapore, Phillipines into space using CubeSats as a gateway has much larger implications for the future operational environment. This working group will explore how CubeSats are acting as an enabler of space technology in developing nations in Asia-Pacific region.

The Working Group can explore:

Question 1: Which CubeSat programs are currently underway and their Status?

Question 2: What has been the impact of student CubeSats in the developing nations at their respective universities?

Question 3: Have any StartUps come up as result of CubeSat missions?


Permanent Space Economy Working Group

Ecosystem for Young Space Entrepreneurs

Space has been dubbed as the next frontier for ambitious entrepreneurs. Research firms have predicted that about 10000 new space companies would be formed over the next decade which are going to drive down launch costs and enable new business models to work. However majority of these Startups are currently based in US and EU region with a handful of Startups in Asia-Pacific regions. This working group will explore how an ecosystem can be developed that will enable more space-entrepreneurs.  

The Working Group can explore:

Question 1: Who are the current NewSpace players in this region?

Question 2: What works/what doesn’t? How is valley investment culture different than investor mindset in this region?

Question 3: What steps need to be taken to create an ecosystem for young space entrepreneurs?


Permanent Space Policy Working Group

Regulatory Hurdles and Space Policy

Regulations and Policy usually follow technology, as has been the norm in most Space-faring countries. Countries like US have encouraged and fostered the emergence of NewSpace companies over the last decade. However many space faring nations in Asia-Pacific region are yet to catch up with the  changing nature of the space industry. Lack of clear policy or regulations is a major hurdle for many private space players in this region. This working group explores

The Working Group can explore:

Question 1: What is the existing space policy of nations in this region?

Question 2: What are the modifications needed to existing policy/regulations?

Question 3: What is the time-frame in which the new policy formulation should happen?


Permanent Space Exploration Working Group

Lunar Exploration

Exploration programs of Japan, India and China have piqued interest in lunar exploration in Asia Pacific region. Successful missions like Chandrayan (India) , Chang’e (China)  and SELENE (Japan) by space agencies of respective nations has lead to private industry aiming to explore Moon. Google Lunar Xprize Competitions has two participants from this region (Team Indus from India and Team Hakuto from Japan) and if successful can lead to moon mining missions.

The Working Group can explore:

Question 1: Which are the different lunar programs and their current status?

Question 2: Feasibility of Moon as a base for future missions or Mining on Lunar Surface.

Question 3: Role of private players (GLXP Teams) in Lunar exploration.


Working Groups in Progress in past AP-SGWs

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