Space Applications in Lao PDR

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<ul><li> 1. Space Applications in Lao PDRMr. Sith SIRIPAPHANHDirector of Space and Terrestrial Affair DivisionDepartment of Space Technology (DST)National Authority for Science and Technology (NAST)Prime Ministers OfficeP.O. Box: 2279,Vientiane Lao PDR.Tel: 856- 21 244 371Fax: 856- 21 1E-mail: </li> <li> 2. OUTLINE1. Background2. Political commitment3. Organization expected to use Space Application4. Use of Satellite Communication5. Needs6. Current Status &amp; Activities7. Cooperation8. Action Plan in 2010 and in the Future9. Conclusion 2 </li> <li> 3. BackgroundSpace Technology are powerful tool for solution forthe well being of humanity, security and sustainabledevelopment.Lao PDR is committed to exploit such advantage incooperation with international community forpoverty alleviation and expected to getting out ofunder developed country by 2020.Use for Space Technology and Space- based ICT insupport to prediction of climate change depend onfinancial and Technological know how capability and 3cooperation. </li> <li> 4. Political CommitmentThe government of Lao PDR established theDepartment of Space Technology (DST) under theNational Authority for Science and Technology(NAST), Prime Ministers Office in April 2008.DST is mandated for overall management andadministration of Space Technology, promotion ofSpace Technology Applications, and development ofpolicy regulations in this area. 4 </li> <li> 5. Organization expected to use Space Application1. National University/ Faculty of 11. Soil Survey and Land Classification Geography; Center;2. National University/ Faculty of 12. Urban Planning Research Institute; Forestry; 13. UXO LAO;3. Department of Forestry; 14. Department of Road/MCTPC4. Department of Irrigation; 15. Forest Conservation and5. Forest Inventory and Planning Afforestation Project; Center; 16. Department of Mining;6. Environment Data Center; 17. Department of electricity;7. National Geographic Department; 18. NNAFRI (National Agriculture and8. Living Aquatic Resource Research Forestry Research Institute)/MAF Center; 19. Mekong GIS project;9. Watershed Unit/MRC/D. Forestry10. Forest Cover Monitoring/ SUFORD/STEA/MAF-NAFRI 5 </li> <li> 6. Use of Satellite CommunicationThe Among five telecom enterprises operate in thecountry, three use satellite telecommunication:- Enterprise of Telecom Lao (ETL) use satellite INTELSAT for domestic and International Communication;- Lao Telecom Company (LTC), us THAICOM Satellite;- Lanxang Lao, use ASIASAT Satellite. 6 </li> <li> 7. NeedsThe DST will act as focal point for space-relatedactivities at the national as well as the regional level;At National level, DST will interact with major usersectors such as agriculture, environment, land use,telecommunications, meteorology, and planning anddevelopment;DST should initiate the contact with regional/international organizations.To promote integration of space applications withdevelopment planning; 7 </li> <li> 8. Needs (cont.)Develop priority the cooperation with Regional/International Organizations and Foreign Countries forhuman resource development;Initiate and maintain the cooperation with Nationaluniversity of Laos and private sector;To fully get benefit and advantage from spacetechnology achievement at regional and internationallevel;To elaborate and implement the National Strategy andAction Plan in order to coordinate works at Regional-National Levels; 8 </li> <li> 9. Current Status &amp; ActivitiesDevelop human resource on Space Technology forvarious sector both central and local level;Sign the Agreement, Minutes of Meeting, andMemorandum of Understanding with variousorganization;Coordinate, meet, negotiate and cooperate withvarious organizations both domestic andinternational in field of Space Technology;Set up the database on Space Technology forexchange with domestic and internationalorganization; 9 </li> <li> 10. CooperationWork undertaken so far Cooperation: Lao-Thai onGeo-Informatics and Space Technology DevelopmentAgency (GISTDA): 30 participants in training on RS, GIS and GPS; Technical visit Lao-Thai; Workshop Lao-Thai; Seminar Lao-Thai.Cooperation: Lao-China on Science and SpaceTechnology;Other Space using Agencies have tried the bestCooperating. 10 </li> <li> 11. Action Plan in 2010 and in the Future The Space Application in Lao PDR is at the baby stage; We have a shortage not only of funds but also a severe shortage of professionals on Space Technology in various areas: Telecommunications; Meteorology; Natural resources management, environment monitoring; Disaster management to satellite. 11 </li> <li> 12. Action Plan in 2010 and in the Future (cont.) Space applications for sustainable development; Space applications for adaptation to climate change; Satellite Telecommunications importance role in Lao PDR with to resolve the works: Many rural area cannot communicate; Poverty-stricken area not yet developed system telecommunication; Necessary to rectify problem in development Village Cluster and in overall Country. Needs to set up a business of telecommunication operations; 12 </li> <li> 13. Action Plan in 2010 and in the Future (cont.) NAST-China APMT Cooperation based Frame Agreement on Cooperation in Space Science and Technology signed on 22 August 2008 between NAST and China National Space Administration (CNSA); Signed the MOU on Cooperation in the Lao Satellite Broadcasting and Telecommunication System Construction And Business Operation Project; Feasibility study completed; 13 </li> <li> 14. Action Plan in 2010 and in the Future (cont.) DST is a gateway to manage the overall development of the Space Technology in Lao PDR such as: Satellite Technology; Space Segment; Ground Segment; On Earth Observation Technology Idea project On line Hazard warning to preparing, addressing and relieving the hazards events (natural and man made). 14 </li> <li> 15. ConclusionDST is mandated to the overall Management andAdministration of the Space Application forHumanity, Safety, Disaster and Security managementon Lao PDR;DST will be the coordinator for all Space TechnologyApplication in Lao PDR and will act national focalpoint for cooperation with international spaceagencies and local Country have overallresponsibility;DST continue to work on Cooperation in the LaoSatellite Broadcasting and Telecommunication 15System Construction and Business Operation Project. </li> <li> 16. 16 </li> </ul>