The Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) organized the Kick-off Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Space Science Observatories (APSSO) Project during 2nd-4th April, 2019 in Guizhou, China. Project Management Board (PMB) members, delegates from all Member States and the Project Management Team from APSCO Secretariat attended the meeting.
The meeting was chaired by Dr. Manop Aorpimai, Director-General of Strategic Planning and Program Management Department of APSCO. All deliverables and documents of the kick-off milestone were thoroughly reviewed, especially the Project Implementation and Management Plan, and task allocation were discussed and confirmed by delegates from all Member States. Based on the proposal for hosting site requirements presented by the project lead, the Space Debris Observation and Data Application Center (SDOAC), delegates from Member States gave presentations on their potential hosting sites, and Bangladesh showed their interests to receive the assistance on Site Survey from the Project Leader. Moreover, operation plan and integration of the existing three telescopes of the APOSOS Phase I were fully discussed.
As part of the technical visit, leading by SDOAC, all delegates visited the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical radio Telescope (FAST), and discussed potential cooperation on space science through APSCO platform in the future.
It was recognized by delegates from all Member States that the APSSO Project has been formally kicked off, and successfully accomplished its predefined objectives. All participants acknowledged and appreciated the contributions from the SDOAC and the successful organization of the meeting from APSCO Secretariat.