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Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization
“Community of Shared Future through Space Cooperation”

The Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) headquartered in Beijing, People’s Republic of China was formally established in 2008 as an inter-governmental organization with the aim of providing a cooperative mechanism for developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region to be able to mainstream peaceful use of outer space as a drive of development.

Being its convention registered under Art. 102 of the UN CHARTER, APSCO is an independent and non-profit organization with full international and legal status.
APSCO promotes multilateral cooperation to facilitate capacity building of its Members, including: Bangladesh, China, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand and Turkey; Signatory State Indonesia, and Observer State Mexico. Egypt has recently become an Associate Member as well.

Work Closely to Space Community
APSCO attached great importance to its cooperative relationship with UN-OOSA and other international organizations, as it established close cooperation with UN-SPIDER, UN-RCSSTEAP, UN-ESCAP, IAF, ESA and ISSI. APSCO is an Observer of UN-COPUOS, ICG, GEO and participates in IAC and space activities towards realizing SPACE2030 Agenda and thematic priorities of UNISPACE +50.

Ratification of APSCO Convention in the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • Approval in the Islamic Parliament of Iran on July 18, 2006
  • Approval in the Guardian Council on July 19, 2006
  • Notified by the President of I.R. Iran on August 6, 2006
Focal organization/agency in Iran: Iranian Space Agency (

APSCO organs
The Council to be headed by the Chairman of the Council
1. The Council shall be the highest decision-making body of the Organization.
2. The Council shall consist of ministers or ministerial representatives of the national space agencies of the Member States of the Organization. Each Member State shall nominate one minister or ministerial representative for representation at the Council;
3. The Council shall elect a Chairman and two Vice-Chairmen whose term of office shall be two years
The Secretariat to be headed by the Secretary-General
1. The Secretariat shall be the executive organ of the Organization;
2. The Secretariat shall consist of the Secretary-General and Secretariat staff members

The Role of APSCO in Global Space Community
Strategic Planning & Program Management

Space Cooperative Networks

Education & Training
Talent Cultivating
Program Operation & Data Service
Disaster Management & Space Application
External Relations & Legal Affairs
International Symposiums / Space Law & Policy
Fields of Cooperation (According to APSCO Convention)
  • Space technology and programs of its applications
  • Earth observation, disaster management, environmental protection, satellite communications and satellite navigation and positioning
  • Space science research
  • Education, training and exchange of scientists / technologists
  • Establishment of a central data bank for development of programs of the Organization and dissemination of technical and other information relating to the programs and activities of the Organization
  • Other cooperative programs agreed upon by the Member States.

APSCO Domains and Subjects of Space Activities
Space Technology Applications
Earth Observation Applications

Navigation and Positioning Applications

Weather Forecasting Applications

Communication Applications

Experimental Technologies and Applications

Space Technology Development
Earth Observation Satellite Systems
Communication Satellite Systems
Navigation Satellite Systems
Metrological Satellite Systems
Scientific experimental satellites
Space Ports
Space Launch
Deep Space Missions
Space Science
Space environment and solar physics
Study on exploration of deep space
Study on space life and microgravity
Space Policies, Law and Regulations
Space policies
Space law
Space regulations
Space Law Research Center
Capacity Building
Data and information sharing and service capacity
Mission planning and implementation capacity
Infrastructure construction and management capacity
Standardization and policy coordination capacity
Space education and training capacity

Cooperative Networks

To optimize cooperative activities among its Member States with their tremendous geographic distribution advantage, a number of networks were initially established by APSCO:

Data Sharing Network
To meet the demand of wide range of satellite remote sensing data, APSCO initiated the Data Sharing Service Platform (DSSP) for free data sharing among its Members in 2012.The resources are from China, and will also be provided by Iran, Pakistan, Peru, Thailand and Turkey. Meteorological satellite data can also available through this platform.

Space Segment Network and Interconnection of Ground Systems.

APSCO joint Small Multi-Mission Satellites (SMMS) Constellation consists of three in-orbit remote sensing satellites provided by China and eight new satellites which are planned to jointly develop by all Member States. By connecting all ground stations in participating countries, the system efficiency and benefits will be extremely multiplied.

Ground-Based Space Object Observation (APOSOS) Network

Enhanced observation duration and perspectives achieved through the network of ground-based space observation system for space object detection, tracking, and identifying capability building. Three telescopes have been installed in Iran, Pakistan and Peru, and a data center was established for data sharing and joint observation operating. In next phase, the system will be completed with observation nodes expansion.

Disaster Monitoring Network

Natural disasters frequently occur in Asia Pacific region. To enhance disaster management and rescue capability, APSCO jointly conducted studies on remote sensing data application for drought, flood and landslide, compatible GNSS for emergency use, earthquake prediction based on ground inospheric sounding and electromagnetic satellite. Furthermore, APSCO is developing a disaster management framework with Charter-similar Mechanism.

Space Application Network
APSCO has initiated many other networks to sharing space infrastructure, such as tele-medicine, International GNSS Monitoring and Assessment Service. To strengthen space technology, different researches are also carried out, like Radiometric Calibration of Satellite Sensors, Ionosphere Modeling through Study of Radio Wave Propagation, Atmospheric Effects on Ka-Band Rain Attenuation.

Education and Training Centre/ Network
APSCO has commissioned Education and Training Center / Network in all of its Member States. This network serves online training programs and frequent knowledge exchange.
Education and Capacity Building
Short–term Training
APSCO regularly organizes short trainings, on-line and on-site trainings on different topics of space technology and its applications. More than 150 trainees from Member States are involved in every year. In the past 10 years, 30 short trainings have been conducted on various disciplines for more than 1000 people from 32 countries in the Asia-Pacific region and 5 countries in Africa.
Degree Education Program
Cooperating with three (3) top Universities in China: Beihang University, Harbin Institute of Technology ( HIT) and Northwestern Polytechnical University (NPU);
Master and Ph.D. degree education;
Fully sponsored by APSCO and China Scholarship Council.
New Generation Cultivating
APSCO organizes Space Science School, Space Innovation Contest and CanSat Competition activities for encouraging new generation to explore space science and initiate the idea of future universe.
Hands-on Training

Trainees have the opportunity to design, build, test and finally launch their space objects; aimed to train the students and faculties from APSCO Member States to study space technology and satellite engineering through practical design of satellites until the flight model is made.

APSCO Plan of Action on Regional Space Cooperation Enhancement Driven by SDGs (UN sustainable Development Goals)
Making full use of the existing resources and promoting resource-sharing while strengthening information inter-connection;
Promoting capacity-building by taking full advantage of the wide geographic coverage area of its MS, and adhering to the principle of equally sharing of achievements from our joint efforts;
Promoting talent cultivation by constantly conducting various education and training programs.
Enhancing cooperation with space-related organizations, and promoting APSCO’s international leading role in the region.

Development Vision 2030 of APSCO