Vice President of IAF, and Executive Director of Human Space flights at Roscosmos, Mr. Sergey Krikalev visited Asia Pacific Office of IAF Select Committee on Satellite Commercial Applications in Hong Kong on November 22.
Mr. Krikalev investigated the Asia Pacific Office, and met with the branch team. Ms. Linqi ZHU, director of the Asia Pacific Office, briefed the process of office launch, and its recent activities & operation.
Asia Pacific Office of IAF Select Committee on Satellite Commercial Applications was set up by IAF and Chinese Society of Astronautics (CSA). Focused on Asia Pacific region, the office is responsible for promoting satellite commercial applications, and advancing utilization and economic return from satellite commercial applications. Since launched at the end of June, the Asia Pacific Office cooperates with large state-owned enterprises to explore opportunities for landing satellite applications overseas. The office also organized international exhibitions and forums on satellite applications and services. Mr. Krikalev believes that following the path of combining international aerospace technology resources with local economic & social development is not only conducive to academic sustainability, but also to the benefit of human well-being. He provided some advices and requirements for future work of the office under the guidance of the IAF.
The Asia Pacific Office also arranged a visit to Chinese University of Hong Kong. Guided by Professor Hui LIN, director of Institute of Space and Earth Information Science (ISEIS), Mr. Sergey Krikalev and Ms. Linqi ZHU visited the Laboratory for GeoInformation Science and Satellite Remote Sensing Receiving Station. After Professor LIN introduced background and achievements of ISEIS, they discussed potential cooperation, and reached a consensus on deepening the academic exchanges between IAF members and local universities.