Programme on Space Applications News Archive

United Nations/Italy Long-term Fellowship Programme on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and Related Applications

15 June 2016 - The Second Level Specializing Master on Navigation and Related Applications is a joint initiative of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), Politecnico di Torino and Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) with the collaboration of the Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRIM). The Second Level Specializing Master is a post graduate academic program that provides high quality training. It provides students with professional knowledge and skills.

The 2016 Master in Navigation and Related Applications (MNA) Programme starts in October 2016 and lasts for 12 months including a period ranging from 3 to 4 months for hands-on pilot project (internship). The fellowship programme will provide extensive research and education opportunities in Global Navigation satellite Systems (GNSS) and related applications, as well as will lead the participants to the Master degree in this field.

The deadline for application is 30 June 2016 at 11:59 a.m. (CEST) . Detailed information and application materials are available here

Calls for Application - "United Nations/Costa Rica Workshop on Human Space Technology"

25 November 2015 - The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) is jointly organizing the United Nations/Costa Rica Workshop on Human Space Technology with the Government of Costa Rica in cooperation with the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA). The Workshop will be held in San José, Costa Rica, from 7 to 11 March 2016, and will address exchanging information on achievements in human space programmes and discussing how to promote international cooperation by further facilitating the participation of developing countries in human space exploration-related activities. It will also focus on creating awareness of the benefits of human space technology and its applications, building capacity in microgravity science education and research, and exploring participation in space commercialization.

Please note that applications for partcipation must be recieved by the Office for Outer Space Affairs no later than 11 January 2016, from applicants seeking funding support and no later than 31 January 2016, from self-funded applicants. Detailed information and application materials are available here .

Calls for Application - "United Nations/India Workshop on the Use of Earth Observation Data in Disaster Management and Risk Reduction: Sharing the Asian Experience"

10 November 2015 - The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), through its Programme on Space Applications and the UN-SPIDER platform , and the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), are jointly organizing the workshop in order to share experience from Asia and other parts of the World in using Earth observation for disaster management. The Workshop will be held in Hyderabad, India, from 8 to 11 March 2016.

The deadline for application is 04 January 2016. Detailed information and application materials are available here.

Calls for Application - "Drop Tower Experiment Series (DropTES)" 3rd cycle

Deployment of a CubeSat from the ISS. Photo: NASA/JAXA

2 November 2015 - The Human Space Technology Initiative released the Announcement of Opportunity for its fellowship programme "Drop Tower Experiment Series (DropTES)" 3 rd cycle which provides one student team with the opportunity to conduct its own microgravity experiment at the Bremen Drop Tower.

The deadline for application is 31 March 2016. Detailed information and application materials are available here .

JAXA and UNOOSA provide access to space: KiboCUBE!

Deployment of a CubeSat from the ISS. Photo: NASA/JAXA
Vienna, Tokyo

08 September 2015 - The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced today the joint initiative "KiboCUBE" which will offer educational and research institutions from developing countries the opportunity to deploy cube satellites (CubeSats) from the International Space Station (ISS). Press release

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2016 United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies - Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies (PNST)

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Kitakyushu, Japan

August 2015 - The Office for Outer Space Affairs is now accepting applications for the expanded United Nations/Japan Long-Term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies "Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies" (PNST) in cooperation with Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT).

In 2016 the PNST will accept up to two students in the Masters course (2 years duration) and up to four students in the Doctorate course (4 years duration) for the Programme to start in October 2016. Successful participants will be awarded a master or doctorate degree after successful thesis defence.

The Programme will provide extensive research opportunities in nano-satellite systems through the use of the nano-satellite development and testing facilities available at KIT.

The deadline for application is 24 January 2016.
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Successful conclusion of the United Nations/Japan Workshop on Space Weather
"Science and Data Products from ISWI Instruments"

Fukuoka, Japan, 2-6 March 2015

6 April 2015 - The United Nations/Japan Workshop on Space Weather "Science and Data Products from International Space Weather Initiative (ISWI) Instruments" was held in Fukuoka, Japan, from 2 to 6 March 2015 as part of the activities of the Basic Space Science Initiative (BSSI) under the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. The Workshop was hosted by the International Centre for Space Weather Science and Education (ICSWSE) at Kyushu University on behalf of the Government of Japan.

The substantive discussions at the Workshop focused on the continuation of ISWI activities and on linking them to operational space weather monitoring and to the activities under the space weather agenda item in the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), including establishing linkages to the newly established Space Weather Expert Group.

The presentations and posters presented at the Workshop as well as the observations and recommendations made by Workshop participants are available here.

UN/Russian Federation Workshop on the Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems

Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation, 18-22 May 2015

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6 February 2015 - The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs in cooperation with the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and the Reshetnev Information Satellite Systems Joint Stock Company as part of the activities of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications is organizing a five-day workshop on global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and its applications. The Workshop will take place in Krasnoyarsk, Russian Federation, from 18 to 22 May 2015. The Workshop is co-sponsored by the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG). The magazine " Coordinates" on positioning, navigation and beyond is the media partner for this workshop.

The Workshop will address the use of GNSS for various applications that can provide sustainable social and economic benefits, in particular for developing countries. Current and planned projects that use GNSS technology, including the GLObal NAvigation Satellite System (GLONASS) of the Russian Federation, for both practical applications and scientific explorations will be presented. Cooperative efforts and international partnerships for capacity-building, training and research, including the activities of the GLONASS learning centre will also be presented.

The deadline for submission of applications is 8 MARCH 2015.

2015 United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies - Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies (PNST)

Kitakyushu, Japan

August 2014 - The Office for Outer Space Affairs is now accepting applications for the expanded United Nations/Japan Long-Term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies "Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies" (PNST) in cooperation with Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT).
In 2015 the PNST will accept up to two students in the Masters course (2 years duration) and up to four students in the Doctorate course (4 years duration) for the Programme to start in October 2015. Successful participants will be awarded a master or doctorate degree after successful thesis defence.
The Programme will provide extensive research opportunities in nano-satellite systems through the use of the nano-satellite development and testing facilities available at KIT.
The deadline for application is 12 January 2015.

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Ensenada, Mexico, 20-23 October 2014
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United Nations/Italy Long-term Fellowship Programme on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and Related Applications

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15 April 2014 - The Programme on Space Applications is now accepting applications for the one-year Master in Navigation and Related Applications (MNA) Programme, which is a long-term fellowship programme established by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs and Italy, and offered by Politecnico di Torino (School of Information Technologies) and Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB), with the collaboration of Istituto Elettrotecnico Nazionale Galileo Ferraris (IEN), Turin, Italy, for candidates from developing countries and countries with economy in transition.

The programme starts in October 2014 and will last for 12 months including a period ranging from 3 to 4 months for hands-on pilot project (internship). The fellowsip programme will provide extensive research and education opportunities in GNSS and related applications, as well as will lead the participants to the Master degree in this field.

Italian host institutions will cover tuition fee in full for 4 selected participants, as well as will provide them with financial support for living expences. International round trip air travel between the participant's country and Turin, Italy may be provided by the UNOOSA.

The deadline for applications is 2 June 2014.

Calls for Application - Human Space Technology Initiative Microgravity Education and Research

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9 January 2014 - The Human Space Technology Initiative (HSTI) is carrying out activities aimed at contributing to promoting space education and research under microgravity conditions, particularly for enhancing capacity-building efforts in developing countries. Applications for the following activities are open:

Drop Tower Experiment Series (DropTES)
Heads of research groups, university professors with a team of Bachelor, Master and/or PhD students from non-space faring countries are now invited to submit their proposals on microgravity experiments. DropTES is a new fellowship programme in which students can learn and study microgravity science by performing experiments in the Bremen Drop Tower in Germany. The facility can enable short microgravity experiments to be performed in various scientific fields, such as fluid physics, combustion, thermodynamics, materials science and biotechnology. Extended deadline for applications submission is 30 April 2014.

The Zero-Gravity Instrument Project (ZGIP)
Discover the effects of gravity on plants and other samples! The Project provides researchers and students with the opportunity to perform experiments under simulated microgravity conditions. In this project, a fixed number of clinostats (microgravity simulation instruments) are distributed to qualified schools and universities to conduct their proposed experiments in their own Earth laboratories. For educators, the Teacher's Guide on Plant Experiments in Microgravity (ST/SPACE/63) is electronically available from the project webpage. Application for its 2nd Cycle (2014-16) is open until 30 April 2014.

More opportunities for students and young professionals to attend the UN/IAF Workshop and IAC in Toronto, Canada

UN/IAF Workshop 2014

6 January 2014 - Since 1991, the UN Programme on Space Applications and the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) have been working jointly on organizing a series of annual international workshops on space science and technology applications for benefit of developing countries. The theme of the 24-th workshop in the series is "Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits", and it will take place from 26 to 28 September 2014 in Toronto, Canada, in conjunction with the 65-th International Astronautical Congress (IAC), that also will be held in Toronto from 29 September to 3 October 2014.

Each year co-organizers of the workshop provide a number of qualified applicants from developing countries with financial support needed to attend the workshop and the Congress. In addition to this assistance, since 2009 IAF carries out a Grants Programme that supports participation of students and young professionals in IAC, the UN/IAF workshop and other events associated with the Congress. The 2014 Emerging Space Leaders Grant Programme now is open to individuals between the age of 21 and 35, who are interested in pursuing careers involving the development, application and use of space systems, space science research, the policy, legal, social and cultural aspects of space activities, international cooperation on space programs and other similar subjects, and who would not otherwise be able to attend the Congress due to financial reasons.

Up to twelve students and young professionals will be selected by the IAF to participate in the 2014 programme. The announcement of grant opportunities for 2014 and detailed information on application requirements are available on the IAF website: http://www.iafastro.org/emerging-space-leader-grants-announcement/ is open until 30 April 2014.

2014 United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies - Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies (PNST)

Kitakyushu, Japan

November 2013 - The Office for Outer Space Affairs is now accepting applications for the expanded United Nations/Japan Long-Term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies "Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies" (PNST) in cooperation with Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT).
In 2014 the PNST will accept up to two students in the Masters course (2 years duration) and up to four students in the Doctorate course (4 years duration) for the Programme to start in October 2015. Successful participants will be awarded a master or doctorate degree after successful thesis defence.
The Programme will provide extensive research opportunities in nano-satellite systems through the use of the nano-satellite development and testing facilities available at KIT.
The deadline for application is 27 January 2014.

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Seventh meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG)

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11 December 2012 - The International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) met in Beijing, China, from 5 to 9 November 2012, to continue reviewing and discussing developments in global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and to allow ICG members, associate members and observers to address recent developments in their organizations and associations with regard to GNSS services and applications. ICG also addressed GNSS professional, mass-market and scientific applications. Representatives from industry, academia and governments shared views on GNSS services. The Meeting was hosted by the Government of the People's Republic of China.

The ICG working groups focused on the following issues: compatibility and interoperability; enhancement of the performance of GNSS services; and reference frames, timing and applications. The meetings agendas and the presentations made at the ICG plenary sessions, its Providers' Forum and the ICG Working Groups will be available on the ICG Information Portal at:
http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/SAP/gnss/icg/icg07/seventh-icg-meeting.html

ICG accepted the invitation of the United Arab Emirates to host its Eighth Meeting in Dubai, from 10 to 14 November 2013. The Office for Outer Space Affairs, in its capacity as the Executive Secretariat of ICG and its Providers' Forum, will assist in the preparations for the meeting and for interim planning meetings and Working Groups activities. ICG noted the expression of interest by the European Union to host the Ninth Meeting of ICG in 2014.

The ICG had been established by the United Nations General Assembly as a forum to promote cooperation on matters of mutual interest to its members related to civil satellite-based positioning, navigation, timing and value-added services, as well as cooperation on the compatibility and interoperability of global navigation satellite systems, and to promote their use to support sustainable development, particularly in developing countries. The Office for Outer Space Affairs acts as the Executive Secretariat for the ICG and the Providers' Forum.

2013 United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies - Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies (PNST)

Kitakyushu, Japan

5 December 2012 - The Office for Outer Space Affairs is now accepting applications for the expanded United Nations/Japan Long-Term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies "Post-graduate study on Nano-Satellite Technologies" (PNST) in cooperation with Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT).
In 2013 the PNST will accept up to two students in the Masters course (2 years duration) and up to four students in the Doctorate course (4 years duration) for the Programme to start in October 2015. Successful participants will be awarded a master or doctorate degree after successful thesis defence.
The Programme will provide extensive research opportunities in nano-satellite systems through the use of the nano-satellite development and testing facilities available at KIT.
The deadline for application is 28 February 2013.

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International Short Course on Small Satellite Missions, CSSTEAP

India, 29 October - 9 November 2012

4 June 2012 - The Centre for Space Science and Technology Education in the Asia and Pacific (CSSTEAP) is organizing an International Short Course on Small Satellite Missions.
The Short Course will be conducted from 29 October to 9 November 2012.

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United Nations/Japan Nano-Satellite Symposium

Nagoya, Japan, 10 - 13 October 2012

1 May 2012 - In-follow up to the series of three UN/Austria/ESA Symposiums on Small Satellite Programmes for Sustainable Development, held in Graz, Austria, from 2009 to 2011, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs will organize Workshops on Basic Space Technology Development in the regions that correspond to the United Nations Economic Commissions for Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Western Asia. The first such Workshop in 2012 will be hosted by the University of Tokyo, co-hosted by the University Space Engineering Consortium (UNISEC) and held in Nagoya, Japan, in conjunction with the Japan Aerospace 2012.
The Workshop will include the final presentations of projects submitted to the 2nd Mission Idea Contest, dedicated technical sessions, a poster session and discussions on the drafting of a Space Education Curriculum in Aerospace Engineering

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2012 United Nations/Japan Long-term Fellowship Programme on Nano-Satellite Technologies

Kitakyushu, Japan

1 December 2011 - The Office for Outer Space Affairs is now accepting applications for the three-year Doctorate in Nano-Satellite Technologies (DNST) Programme, a long-term Fellowship Programme established by the United Nations and Japan with the cooperation of the Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT).
Tuition, living and travel cost for up to two candidates per year will be covered by KIT and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs.
The Programme starts in October 2012 and will last for three years for each participant. The Programme will provide extensive research opportunities in nano-satellite systems through the use of the nano-satellite development and testing facilities available at KIT.
The deadline for application is 30 April 2012.

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Capacity Building in Space Technology Development at the Fourth African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development

Mombasa, Kenya, 26-28 September 2011

21 October 2011 - As part of the Fourth African Leadership Conference on Space Science and Technology for Sustainable Development, held in Mombasa, Kenya, from 26 to 29 September 2011, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs organized several sessions on capacity building in space technology development and space law. The presentations made at these sessions and the "Mombasa Declaration" containing the conference's observations and recommendations can be found here.

The discussions at the ALC will in particular also contribute to the efforts to create an education curriculum for aerospace education. Work on this curriculum will commence under the Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI) in 2012. As part of this activity it is also planned that a dedicated BSTI workshop on capacity building in space technology development in Africa will be held in 2014-2015.

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UN/Austria/ESA Symposium on Small Satellite Programmes for Sustainable Development: Implementing Small Satellite Programmes: Technical, Managerial, Regulatory and Legal Issues

Graz, Austria, 13-16 September 2011

17 October 2011 - Under the framework of the Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI) the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs successfully concluded this year's Symposium on "Small Satellite Programmes for Sustainable Development - Implementing Small Satellite Programmes: Technical, Managerial, Regulatory and Lecal Issues," held in Graz, Austria, from 13 to 16 September 2011. This concludes the series of three Symposiums dedicated to small satellite activities.
This year the Symposium focused on the programmatic and management aspects of small satellite development activities. It was attended by more than 100 small satellite experts from 39 countries and several international organizations.

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Guidebook on Small Satellite Programs

17 October 2011 As part of the annual nine-week Space Studies Programme (SSP) of the International Space University (ISU) held in Graz, Austria, from 11 July to 9 September 2011, a project team created the "Guidebook on Small Satellite Programs".

The team project was conducted in cooperation between the International Space University and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs under the framework of the Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI).
Background information about the team project and the presentations made by the invited experts are available here.
The final report and its executive summary can be accessed at the ISU library

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Launch of the Team Project Small Satellites at the International Space University (ISU) Space Studies Programme (SSP)

Graz, Austria, 11 July - 9 September 2011

11 July 2011 - The annual nine-week Space Studies Programme (SSP) of the International Space University (ISU) is being held in Graz, Austria, from 11 July to 9 September 2011.
One of the three team projects at the Space Studies Programme will be conducted in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. The aim of the Team Project Small Satellites is to develop a guidebook for small satellite development for organizations and countries seeking to build capacities in basic space technology development.
This cooperation between the International Space University and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs is conducted under the framework of the Basic Space Technology Initiative (BSTI).

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