The Current Status of Space Technology Activities in Lao PDR
APRSAF-18 Communication Satellite Application Working Group, 6-7 December 2011, SingaporeThe Current Status of Space Technology Activities i L A ti iti in Lao PDR Singthong Khamone Deputy Director of Space and Terrestrial Affairs Division Ministry of Post and Telecommunication Vientiane, Lao PDR
Overview O i• Country Profile• Government Policy on Space Technology• Space Technology Application• Space Technology Development• Conclusion
Country P fil C Profile• Country Name: Lao People’s Democratic Republic• Land area: 236,800 sq. km• Population: 6,000,000• Capital : Vientiane ( population 600,000 )• Covered by forest: 43% C db f t• Mountainous: 70 %• Ethnics: 49 Eth i• Official Language: Lao• Currency: Kip ( 1 US$= 8 000 Kip ) 8,000• Economy: Agriculture, Forestry, Hydro-electric, Mine, Service Mine Service.
Government Policy on Space Technology• By the Prime Minister’ s Decree No. 401/PMO-NAST, dated 21 March 2008 The Department of Space Technology (DST) has been set up in April 2008 under the National Authority for Science and d h N i lA h i f S i d Technology (NAST).• DST is mandated to the overall Management and Administration of Space Technology in Lao PDR PDR.• DST consist of 3 Divisions: 1. General Affairs Division. 2. 2 Space and Terrestrial Affairs Division Division. 3. Service Management Division.
Government Policy on Space Technology Role and Responsibility of DST:-RResearch and draft the policy, strategy and various h dd f h li d i legislation for management , development and application of Space Technology: Remote li ti fS T h l R t Sensing(RS), Geographic Information System (GIS) and Global Position System(GPS);- Reserve, manage, protect and utilize the orbital slot of Lao Satellite (126°E); (126 E);- Manage and apply Lao PDR Satellite Control Center(SCC);
Government Policy on Space TechnologyRole and Responsibility of DST (cont’d):- Promote Space Technology Application: RS,GIS GPS to serve socio-economic development; i i d l- Promote the research and development for the construction of the rocket and satellite; t ti f th k t d t llit- Set up the database on space technology for exchange with domestic and international organizations;- Human Resource Development on Space Technology for various sector nationwide both central and local levels;
Government Policy on Space TechnologyRole and Responsibility of DST (cont’d):- Coordinate, meet, negotiate and cooperate with various organizations both domestic and i i i b hd i d international in the field of Space Technology;- St d and analyze the rule and regulations of the Study d l th l d l ti f th relevant Regional and International Space Technology Organizations in order to apply for a member of the latter ;- Sign the Agreement Minute of Meeting and Agreement, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with various organizations related to Space Technology Technology.
Space T h l S Technology Application A li tiMinistries and organizations in Lao PDR used theSpace Technology : -Ministry of Information and C f f Culture, (Radio Television Broadcasting via APSTAR, Lao St L Star TV Broadcasting via Thaicom) ; B d ti i Th i ) -Ministry of Agriculture and forestry, (Remote Sensing and GIS); -Ministry of Education and Sports, (Tele-education (Tele education in National University of Laos); -Ministry of Post Telecommunication, (Telephone and Internet Services via Thaicom Thaicom, Intelsat and Inmarsat);
Space T h l S Technology Application A li ti-Ministry of Public Work and Transportations, (GIS for Urban Planning, Road Construction); -Ministry of Energy and Mines (Remote S (R Sensing f Mi i Projects); i for Mining P j )-Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (Meteorology Dept, R (M t l D t Remote St Sensing C t ) i Center); -National Bank of Lao PDR (ATM Services via Satellite);-National Geographic Department (GIS for Land Mapping Management); -Mekong River Commission (Remote Sensing and GIS to monitor water level). level)
International Cooperation I t ti lC ti1. UNOOSA2. UNESCAP3.3 APRSAF4. APSCO5.5 ASEAN6. GISTDA7.7 NARIT
Space Technology D S T h l Development l t• Preparatory phase for Lao Satellite Project (LAOSAT).• Collect and analyze the data for socio-economic study of LAOSAT;• R Reserve and protect the orbital slot and frequencies d h bi l l df i of LAOSAT (126°E);• R t Restore L S t llit C t l C t (SCC) Lao Satellite Control Center (SCC).• Cooperate with international companies to develop Lao Satellite Project;• Cooperate with GISTDA to organize Youth Capacity Building on Space Technology Applications, use Applications map from THEOS to monitor agriculture productions and tourist service in Luang Prabang City of Lao PDR;• Cooperate with NARIT on Astronomy Activities.
Conclusion C l iWe have a Ground Station Building (area 12 ha).We are now planning to activate this Station.We will be the National Center to provideSatellite Data and Information to all relatedorganizations i L PDR i ti in Lao PDR.This Working Group is very important for us to g p y plearn from other countries.We are very pleased to receive your comments comments,suggestions and recommendations.E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org