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
1. The Secretariat shall be the executive organ of the Organization;
2. The Secretariat shall consist of the Secretary-General and Secretariat staff members
APSCO Domains and Subjects of Space Activities
• Space Technology Applications
► Earth Observation Applications
►Navigation and Positioning Applications
►Weather Forecasting 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
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