AP-SGW 2017

4th Asia-Pacific Space Generation Workshop

Contacts and Queries

If you have any questions about your prospective application to the 4th AP-SGW, please feel free to contact the following for support: -

Delegates Team: - Ms. Veena Shelvankar (عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته.) and Mr. Vinod Sridhar (عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته.)

Local Organizing: Dr. Jayakumar Venkatesan (عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته.)

Event Manager: Dr. Shashank Khurana (عنوان البريد الإلكتروني هذا محمي من روبوتات السبام. يجب عليك تفعيل الجافاسكربت لرؤيته.)

4th Asia-Pacific Space Generation Workshop

Visa Requirements

Owing to recent tourist friendly changes in VISA policy, nationals of upto 120 countries are eligible for eVISA. Please check the following link: https://indianvisaonline.gov.in/evisa/tvoa.html

In case if your country is not listed, or you need to apply for VISA in advance at an embassy in your home country, please contact the Local Organizing Team for VISA support, latest by 5th September. The AP-SGW Organizing Team will support delegates to obtain VISA to enter India by issuing the official invitation letter. We would only able to issue required documents for visa application to participants who complete registration and full payment of registration fee.

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

Practical Information

To assist with your planning and participation, this page contains useful information about the 4th AP-SGW. Here you'll find out what you need to know about the workshop, important information about your arrival and getting around the city of Bengaluru. More information will be posted here as we get closer to the workshop and a delegate book outlining the information below in more depth will be sent to the registered participants.

About Bengaluru
Climate and Expected Weather
Transportation To/From Bengaluru
Currency and Banking
Electric Plugs and Converters
Dress Code
Getting Around
Tourism in Karnataka

About Bengaluru

The cosmopolitan city of Bengaluru is dubbed as the as the "Silicon Valley of India" (or the "IT capital of India") because of its role as the nation's leading information technology (IT) exporter. Bengaluru has highest percentage of engineers in the world , with more than a million IT professionals making the city their home. Located on the Deccan Plateau in southern India, it is the third most populous and the second fastest-growing major metropolis in India.


Bengaluru, "The Garden City of India"

Over the decades Bengaluru has emerged as the “Aerospace hub of India” as the various Indian aerospace and defense organizations such as Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), Bharat Electronics (BEL), National Aerospace Laboratories (NAL), Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA), Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) and Aeronautical Development Establishment of Defence Research Development Organisation (DRDO) are headquartered in the city . It is also home to various prestigious scientific research institutes like Department of Aerospace Engineering, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) and Raman Research Institute (RRI). It is a demographically diverse city and have operations of  global aerospace companies like Airbus, Boeing, GE, Safran, Rolls Royce and UTC Aerospace Systems.

In the last few years India has witnessed a boom in space focused startups. Bengaluru has emerged as India’s space startup hub too with almost all startups which are focused on space launch or satellite fabrication have a presence or headquartered in Bengaluru like Team Indus, Dhruv Space and Earth2Orbit.

Air transport in Bengaluru is served by Kempegowda International airport which is about 40km from the city center and is the third busiest airport in India connecting across the world. Air conditioned buses and taxis are operated to connect the city with the airport.

The time zone is UTC+5:30 (Indian Standard Time Zone).


The ISRO headquarters in Bengaluru. Credits: ISRO

The main building of the premier Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.  

Aerial View of Bengaluru


English, Kannada and Hindi are the most widely spoken languages in Bengaluru. English is fairly understood by most people around India.


Climate and Expected Weather 

Bengaluru enjoys a moderate climate throughout the year with distinct wet and dry seasons. The coolest month is January with an average low temperature of 15.1 °C (59.2 °F) and the hottest month is April with an average high temperature of 35 °C (95 °F). Bengaluru receives rainfall from both the northeast and the southwest monsoons and the wettest months are August to November. In August, most of the rainfall occurs during late afternoon/evening or night and rain before noon is infrequent. November is relatively a very pleasant month, with average high and low temperatures around 27 °C and 18 °C respectively. Owing to occasional rains, it is likely to become cool during morning and night, and hence keeping a summer jacket or cardigan shall suffice.


Transportation to/from Bengaluru


Kempegowda International Airport is about 35 kms from city centre, is the third busiest airport by passenger traffic in the country, behind the airports in Delhi and Mumbai and is the 35th busiest airport in Asia. The airport serves as a hub for AirAsia India, Air India Regional and Jet Airways. It is also a focus city for IndiGo, Air India and SpiceJet. The major airlines serving the airport includes: 

Air Arabia   Alliance Air   IndiGo Oman Air  SpiceJet  
Air France  British Airways  Jet Airways Qatar Airways SriLankan Airlines
Air India Cathay Dragon  Kuwait Airways     Saudia Thai AirAsia 
AirAsia  Emirates Lufthansa Scoot Thai Airways International 
Air Mauritius Etihad Airways Malaysia Airlines SilkAir  TruJet
AirAsia India
 GoAir Nepal Airlines    Singapore Airlines  Vistara


The major Railway station,which caters to needs of the city people is KSR Bengaluru City Railway Station. It has about 110 trains originating and crossing per week, and most of the luxurious trains like Rajdhani Express for various destinations start from here. To curb the traffic on this railway station, an additional railway station, Yesvantpur Railway Station was promoted as a satellite station. It handles about 70 trains per week, with most of them originating from here.

The other important railway stations in Bengaluru include:

1. Krishnarajapuram
2. Bengaluru Cantonment
3. Baiyyappanahalli
4. Yelahanka

For more details and reservation, please visit the Indian Railways Website : https://www.irctc.co.in

Electric Plugs and Converters


India uses 230 Volts, 50 Hz alternating current as the power source. Plugs and sockets have either grounded / earthed 3 Pin connections (Type D) or ungrounded 2 pin connections (Type C).

Currency and Banking

The local currency in India is the India Rupees (code: INR, symbol: ₹). You can exchange all major currencies (USD, Euro, AUD, etc) into INR at the airport after landing. Expect a rate around 0.016 US Dollars per rupee, or about INR 63 per US Dollar.

Bills, currently in circulation, are available in the denomination of 5,10, 20, 50, 100, 500 and 2000 ₹.

[For Reference:- http://www.xe.com/currency/inr-indian-rupee]


We strongly recommend that participants arrange for their own overseas travel insurance. The organizers of AP-SGW shall not be liable for the arrangements and costs associated with any accident, injury or illness.


Dress Code

Working Group sessions and informal events:  Formal or Casual Business attire

International Night: It’s a night dedicated for each delegate to present to the others delegates a brief presentation of your country and share representative music, typical food, or whatever you prefer. If you want to bring your traditional clothes, you are welcome to do so. Ideally, you should organise this with the other delegates from your same country. If weather permits, International Night will be held outdoors and warmer clothing is recommended.

Closing Dinner: Formal attire or your local/national costume. The annual Closing Dinner will be attended by high-level speakers and heads of space agencies. Jeans, sandals, and t-shirts are not permitted.

While Travelling: Loose comfortable casual pants, shirts, kurtas, preferably cotton light-coloured clothes.


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 Confirmed Speakers at AP-SGW 2017

Keynote Speaker: Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Former Chairman, Space Commission/Secretary, Advisor, Department of Space/ISRO 

Dr. Radhakrishnan graduated in Electrical Engineering from Kerala University (1970), completed his PGDM from Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore (1976) and obtained Doctorate for his thesis titled “Some Strategies for Indian Earth Observation System” from Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur (2000). Starting his career as an Avionics Engineer in Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, he held several decisive positions in ISRO in the domains of space launch systems, space applications and space programme management. He had commendably held the post of Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), the lead center for launch vehicle technology in ISRO and Director, National Remote Sensing Agency. In his brief stint (2000-2005) in the Ministry of Earth Sciences, he had also been the Founder Director of Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) and the first Project Director of Indian National Tsunami Warning System. 
He led the Indian Space Programme as the Chairman of ISRO for five glorious years 2009 -2014 with focussed thrust towards space applications and path-breaking missions for the benefits of the nation; and most importantly ensuring synergy of 16,000 strong ISRO Team with Indian Industry, Academia, User community and several National R&D Laboratories.
Dr. Radhakrishnan has also held several important positions at the international level including Vice Chairman of Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (2001-05), Founder Chairman of Indian Ocean Global Ocean Observing System (2001-06) and Chairman of the Working Group of the Whole UN-COPUOS STSC (2008-2009). He is a Fellow of Indian National Academy of Science (FNASc), Fellow of Indian National Academy of Engineering (FNAE); Honorary Life Fellow of The Institution of Engineers, India; Honorary Fellow of The Institution of Electrical and Telecommunication Engineers, India; and Member of International Academy of Astronautics. (Source: ISRO)


Dr. Werner Balogh, Chief, a.i., Space Applications Section, Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, UN ESCAP

Dr. Werner Balogh is Chief, a.i., of the Space Applications Section (SAS) of the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD) in the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). In his previous role as a Programme Officer with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in Vienna, Austria, he serviced meetings of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and coordinated and organized numerous capacity building activities in the field of space science, technology and applications under the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. He first joined the United Nations in 1997 as an Associate Expert on Space Applications and contributed to the planning and organization of the Third United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE III), including its Space Generation Forum (SGF), in 1999. Prior to returning to the United Nations in 2006, Dr. Balogh worked in the field of human space flight, space transportation and space science for the Austrian Space Agency and in the field of operational space applications for the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). He holds Dipl.-Ing. and Dr. degrees in technical physics from the Vienna University of Technology, an MSc degree in space studies from the International Space University and an MA degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. 

Mr. Rakesh Sasibhushan, Chairman and Managing Director of ANTRIX Corporation, Department of Space/ISRO

Mr. Rakesh launched his career at Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), working in the manufacturing area. During his 26 years with the company he keenly honed his technical skills to ensure he kept up with the enormous advances in the technology required for the aerospace industry. He was elevated to general manager and asked to head ISRO's composite activities in 2011. 4 years later, he took over ISRO’s Propulsion Complex at Mahendragiri as its director. In June last year, Mr. Rakesh was given the additional responsibility of heading Antrix, a role confirmed by the government in December 2016. He concedes he has come on-board while India’s space program is at a crossroad and believes that Antrix has a huge role to play in its transformation and the direction it has to take for the country in order to fully exploit its potential for development. Under his leadership, Antrix acts as a bridge between ISRO and the industry for accessing the technology that has made India 1 of the 6 leading space-faring nations. (Source: The CEO Magazine)

Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopala, Senior Fellow and Head, Nuclear & Space Policy Initiative

Dr. Rajeswari Pillai Rajagopalan (Raji) is a Senior Fellow and Head of the Nuclear & Space Policy Initiative at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF), New Delhi. She joined ORF after serving as an Assistant Director at the National Security Council Secretariat for almost five years(2003-2007). Prior to joining the NSCS, she was Research Officer at the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses, New Delhi. She is the author of five books including, Nuclear Security in India (2015), Clashing Titans: Military Strategy and Insecurity Among Asian Great Powers (2012), The Dragon's Fire: Chinese Military Strategy and Its Implications for Asia (2009). She has also co-authored and edited five other books, including Space India 2.0: Commerce, Policy, Security and Governance Perspectives (2017), Locating India within the Global Non-Proliferation Architecture: Prospects, Challenges and Opportunities (2016) and Awaiting Launch: Perspectives on The Draft ICoC for Outer Space Activities (2014). Her research articles have appeared in edited volumes, and in peer reviewed journals such as India Review, Strategic Studies Quarterly, Air and Space Power Journal, International Journal of Nuclear Law, Strategic Analysis and CLAWS Journal. She has also been invited to speak at international fora including the UN COPUOS (Vienna), Conference on Disarmament (Geneva), UNIDIR (Geneva), ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) and the European Union. She has also lectured at Indian military and policy institutions such as the Defence Service and Staff College (Wellington), National Defence College (New Delhi), Army War College (Mhow), and the Foreign Service Institute (New Delhi). 


Dr. Sangkyun Kim, Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan

Dr. Sangkyun Kim received his PhD in 2009 from the University of Tokyo in the field of Astronautics Engineering. His major was the development of small spacecraft, attitude control, and optimization of interface network. He developed a nano-class satellite name of PRISM(HITOMI, NORAD ID : 33493), and launched it in 2009. He joined Axelspace Corporation from 2009 to 2014, developed and launched a small spacecraft name of WNISAT-1(NORAD ID : 39423) as the project manager. He was in Satellite Research Center of KAIST, Korea from 2014 to 2016 as Post-doctor researcher. Currently, he is assistant professor in Kyushu Institute of Technology.
His major interest is small satellite development using a standard BUS system with international cooperation. He is involved in multiple small satellite projects, BIRDS, AV4, SPATIUM, and Micro dragon. Also, he has interest in the attitude control of small spacecraft, and has developed a small size star sensor for the accurate attitude determination.


Mr. Matthew Weiss, Managing Director, CNES Liason Office (India, Australia, South Africa)

A former officer in the French Navy, Mathieu J. Weiss holds Master Degrees in Politics and Defence Business Administration from Strasbourg and Paris Universities. Weiss entered the Strategic Research Centre of Ecole Polytechnique where he published several reports on European space policies before joining the Astronaut Directorate of French National Space Agency CNES in 1996. After 5 years industrial experience within the Euro-Russian Soyuz launch vehicle operator Starsem and at Arianespace, he integrated the French Diplomatic Service as the negotiator for space to the European Union.  From 2009, Weiss headed the Science and Technology Department at the French Embassy in Berlin. 
In 2013, Weiss was called up to establish and run a permanent representation in India for the French Space Agency. He set up the CNES Regional Liaison Office for India, Australia and South Africa, with diplomatic rank. Weiss was instrumental in negotiating the Indo-French Programme for Space Activities signed in 2015, Paris by the Hon’ PM of India and President of France.  He set up several joint satellite and space exploration projects between India and France and finalised the participation of France to the upcoming Indian Lunar mission by Team Indus. Mr. Weis also holds the National Defence Medal, the French Military Service Medal and a Citation for distinguished action from the Military Governor of New Caledonia. 

Dr. Srimathy Kesan, CEO Space Kidz India

An educational evangelist with a mission to disrupt the mundane culture in the Indian educational system, Dr. Kesan through her programs, has opened the doors to an untapped avenue called “Space Education”. Her ultimate goal is to produce World renowned Scientists through her Aero Space research University she dreams to build one day. She believes that young mind could be molded in several different ways and art plays a major role in synthesis. Space Kidz India team has built the a "World's Smallest and Lightest Satellite", fully 3D printed. It is a 3.8cm Cube Satellite (Femto Category) weighing 64gms (including the plastic cube provided by CiS). Being a Mission Director of Kalam Sat, Dr.Srimathy Kesan plays an inevitable role in designing the KALAM Sat. It is recognized in Asia Book of Records, URF Book of Records, India Book of Records and Recognition from Space Agencies, School, College, Universities and political parties all over the globe. 
Dr. Kesan is also an avid social activist, her education through social awareness theme educates the future generation of India on several social issues that plague the society. This is aimed at strengthening the building blocks of India. SKI produced a short film on "Breast Cancer", to propagate awareness among all walks of people, a music video produced by SKI on "Female Foeticide", was critically acclaimed.

Mr. Nirmal Suraj Gadde, Team Indus

Mr. Nirmal Gadde, from Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, is a 26 year old graduate in Aerospace Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, who joined as intern with Axiom Research Labs in 2011. He has worked across sub-systems starting from Trajectory Design, Software design, Assembly Integration & Testing and is currently looking at Payload systems design and qualification for the TeamIndus' lunar Mission. He was instrumental in running the Lab2Moon program by TeamIndus Foundation for Excellence to encourage students under 25 years of age across the universe to imagine, design and develop a scientific experiment that could be flown onboard Team Indus lunar lander which shall help collect important science results for human sustainability on the Moon. He is leading the efforts on development of a Nano satellite to lunar orbit with a group of young graduates interns.
He was part of Kharagpur Robotics and Artificial Intelligence Group (KRAIG) and Micro Air Vehicle Engineering & Research @ IIT Kharagpur (MAVERIK). He helped curate the space fair named Moonshot Wheels run by TeamIndus Foundation for Excellence in association with Agastya Foundation which provides experiential learning of basic astronomy concepts to underprivileged students.


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The Indian Space Industry

India’s humble journey with competitive space industry began in 1962 with the establishment of INCOSPAR (Indian National Committee for Space Research) under the visionary Dr. Vikram Sarabhai, father of Indian Space Programme. INCOSPAR was superseded by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) in 1969 to institutionalize all space activities in India. The main interests of the space program is concentrated on achieving self reliance and developing capability to build and launch communication and remote sensing satellites. ISRO is managed by the Department of Space, and has its headquarters in Bengaluru,  along with a country wide network of research centers.

Ever since the nation’s first satellite Aryabhatta was launched in 1975, the Indian space industry has rapidly developed and stands out as one of the most cost-effective model in the world. ISRO has scripted history with remarkable missions such as Chandrayaan 1(India’s first lunar probe in 2008), Mars Orbiter Mission (2013), IRNSS (Indian navigational satellite system), INSAT and CartoSat series of satellites. ISRO’s polar satellite launch vehicle PSLV has registered a success rate of 95% (38 successful launches out of 40) and have successfully launched the GSLV Mk III, country’s heaviest lift vehicle with indigenous cryogenic engines for geosynchronous satellites. ISRO is also investing in preliminary research on human space exploration missions with its Crew Module Atmospheric Re-Entry Experiments (CARE).

India’s NewSpace Industry is also undergoing a positive evolution, with the Google Lunar XPrize Team Indus taking the lead to put a rover on Moon’s surface by end of 2017. Several private enterprises have emerged in recent years with aims to exploit the space technological prowess and to extend the space-based services throughout the nation.

2230 kg South Asia Satellite GSAT-9 (Credits - ISRO)

Mars full disc image from MOM (Credits - ISRO)

Team Indus Rover on the Moon (Credits - Team Indus)

GSLV Mk III Lift-Off (Credits - ISRO)



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This year's AP-SGW will be held at the Hotel Vivanta by Taj in Yeshwantpur during 11th-12th November, where spirited style of one of the best luxury hotels in Bengaluru meets the largest convention spaces.

Address: 2275, Tumkur Road, Yeshwantpur, Bangalore, Karnataka - 560022 INDIA

Hotel Vivanta by Taj, Yeshwantpur

The hotel is located near the modern metro terminus of Yeshwantpur Station on the Green Line, just minutes away from the Yeshwantpur Railway Terminus and 35 kilometres from the airport. One can peacefully soak in this space that is just 15 kilometres from Bengaluru’s city centre.

The venue is only 2.5 kms from Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel at Brigade Gateway, the venue of APRSAF24.

Map of the Venue

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


NOVEMBER 11-12, 2017

Lunches and Coffee Breaks
Lunch and coffee breaks will be held in the pre-function area of Strategy Conventional Hall in the Hotel premises and will be provided by the AP-SGW 2017 Organising committee. 

NOVEMBER 11, 2017
Opening Dinner / International Cultural Night
The Opening Dinner and International Cultural Night would be held in the Strategy Convention Hall in the hotel premises. The Cultural Night shall serve as a great opportunity for the delegates to share their culture with everyone. Delegates are highly encouraged to dress in their country's traditional clothes or smart-casual attire, and bring native drinks and/or food if they like to share. The programme shald also include performances and presentations by volunteer delegates thereby sharing the traditions and rituals. 

NOVEMBER 12, 2017
Closing Dinner
The Closing Dinner would be held in the Strategy Convention Hall in the Hotel premises. The dinner will feature networking opportunities for students and young professional with the invited dignitaries in the Space Sector. The dress code for this dinner is business attire or one's country's formal or traditional attire. 
All meals that will be served (for lunches and dinners) would be native and shall include various traditional Indian cuisine, that shall cater to specific dietary requirements of Vegetarian, Non-Vegetarian and Halal for everyone.  

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