Assessment of Space Programs and Policies for Regional Cooperation in the Asia Pacific Region

Publication Type:

Conference Paper

Source:

68th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), International Astronautical Federation (IAF), Adelaide (2017)

URL:

http://eprints.nias.res.in/1358/

Keywords:

Asia Pacific region, International Cooperation, Space Policy, Space Program

Abstract:

International space cooperation in the Asia Pacific region have entered a new stage. Today a lot of nations in this region have actively developed space capabilities, and have come to use them for a variety of purposes. In addition to the long-experienced spacefaring nations such as Japan, India, and China, many emerging nations like Malaysia, Philippine, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, South Korea, etc., have made active efforts to develop space technology and applications and to undertake their space programs. Such space applications as earth observation, satellite communication, and positioning emerged in this region have tremendous potentials as a driving force for peaceful development and prosperity of the Asia Pacific region in many facets: disaster management, climate change study, national and regional security, environment management, agriculture, urban planning, geospatial program, land management, as well as the advancement of science and technology. Against this backdrop, many nations also seek to establish national space policy with an aim to set out the vision and goals of nation’s space programs. The University of Tokyo and National Institute of Advanced Studies have created a research network, Space Policy and Law Network in Asia Pacific (SPLANAP), among researchers and experts in the Asia Pacific region and started a research project to examine space policy and program directions in the region. In particular, as the first step of this research project, a comparative analysis of space programs and policy perspectives in Japan and India has been taken up to examine commonalities and uniqueness in space policies of both nations and to identify potential opportunities for the future cooperation between the two nations. Based on the previous work in this research project, this study aims to move to the next phase of the research and to extend the scope of the analysis by including several other nations, such as Malaysia, Philippine, and Singapore. While updating information on the recent developments in space programs and policy in Japan and India, as well as adding new analyses from the perspectives of the above mentioned three nations, this study will examine common interests and potential opportunities for regional space cooperation from a wider point of view