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APSCO COUNCIL RULES OF PROCEDURE

         ¡°APSCO COUNCIL RULES OF PROCEDURE¡± was approved by the First Council Meeting and implemented since 2008. The main contents of this Rules of Procedure consist of 19 Articles: Composition of the Council, Chairmanship of the Council, Official Language of the Council Meeting, Meetings of the Council, Agenda of the Meeting, Quorum for the Meeting, Functions of the Chairman, Time Limit for the Speakers, Point of Order, Proportions and Motions, Voting Rights and Procedure, Minutes of the Meetings, Press Releases, Grant of the Status of Associate Member or Observer, Subsidiary Bodies, Approval and Coming Into Force, and General Provisions.

FINANCIAL REGULATIONS OF APSCO

         ¡°FINANCIAL REGULATIONS OF APSCO¡± was approved by the First Council Meeting and implemented since 2008. The main contents of the Regulations consist of 8 Articles: Definition, Budget, Budget Estimates and Revised Budget, Accounting Units, Contributions, Audit and Final Provisions.

SERVICE REGULATIONS OF APSCO

         ¡°SERVICE REGULATIONS OF APSCO¡± was approved by the First Council Meeting and implemented since 2008. The main contents of the Regulations consist of 12 Articles: General Provisions, Definitions, Organizational Structure, Secretary-General, Secretariat Staff and International Staff of the Secretariat, Resignation and Remuneration of the International Staff, Miscellaneous Benefits for the International Staff, Privileges and Immunities of the International Staff, Local Staff of the Secretariat and Final Provisions.

SERVICE RULES OF APSCO

         ¡°SERVICE RULES OF APSCO¡± was approved by the Third Council Meeting and implemented since 2010. The main contents of the Regulations consist of 8 Articles: Applicable Scope, Secretariat Structure, Staff Recruitment, Local Staff, Advisors and Experts, Disciplinary Sanctions, Leave and Final Provisions.

FINANCIAL RULES OF APSCO

         ¡°FINANCIAL RULES OF APSCO¡± was approved by the Third Council Meeting and implemented since 2010. The main contents of the Regulations consist of 12 Articles: Budget Estimates, Income Management, Expenditure Management, Balance, Assets Management, Intangible Assets, Procurement Procedures, Audit and Annual Account, Liability Management, Bank Account and Seal Management, Accounting Archive Management and Supplementary Provisions.

       Accession Procedures for New Member and Associate Member of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization

        (i) An official letter expressing willing to join Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) shall be sent to the Secretary-General of APSCO as an attachment of a Note Verbal from the Embassy of the willing state in the Host Country of APSCO;
        (ii) APSCO Secretary-General shall inform the above intention to all the Member States 3 months before submitting to the APSCO Council for unanimous approval;
        (iii) The Embassy of the willing state in the Host Country shall be informed of the decision of the APSCO Council;
        (iv) If the application is approved, the willing state shall finish the domestic procedures of ratification of the Convention of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization according to their respective legislative procedures;
        (v) The Instrument of Accession of the applicant state shall be sent to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Host Country and copy to the APSCO Secretary-General, and the membership shall become effective on the date on which the Instrument of Accession is received;
        (vi) The Host Government shall notify all signatories and acceding states about the date of deposit of each Instrument of Ratification, acceptance or accession.

Granting Procedures for Observer Status of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization

        (i) Any State Member of the United Nations or any international organization involved in space activities may be granted the Observer¡¯s status of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO).
        (ii) Observer¡¯s status seeking country/organization shall submit an official letter expressing such interest to the Secretary-General of APSCO three months ahead of Council Meeting.
        (iii) The Secretary-General of APSCO shall circulate this request among the Member States of APSCO prior to its submission to the upcoming Council Meeting for unanimous approval.

Administrative Rules on Cooperative Activities of APSCO

        The Administrative Rules on Cooperative Activities of APSCO were articulated to elaborate relevant articles of the APSCO Convention in order to facilitate execution of cooperative activities by APSCO. These Rules form a subsidiary document and are in line with the provisions of APSCO Convention. These rules only provide principles for the cooperative activities. Details of these principles wherever required would be covered in Administrative Regulations and Standard Operating Procedures of Cooperative Activities of APSCO.
        The document includes the followings: Preview; Definitions; Chapter on Identification and Approval of Cooperative Activities; Chapter on Feasibility Study for Cooperative Activities; Chapter on Administrative Rules on Basic Activities; and Chapter on Administrative Rules on Optional Activities.

 Data Policy and Data Sharing Regulation

        (A) Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization Data Policy on Asia-Pacific Small Multi-Mission Satellite Data According to the ¡°Memorandum of Understanding on Asia-Pacific Small Multi-Mission Satellite (SMMS) Project and Related Activities¡± signed by China, Iran, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Pakistan and Thailand in 1998, SMMS is an Earth remote sensing satellite jointly invested and manufactured by China and Thailand. In order to regulate and promote the use of SMMS data among the Member States of Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO), and enhance the SMMS remote sensing data applications among the Member States of APSCO, the data policy is as follows:
        (i) China is responsible for the SMMS operations.
        (ii) Member States of APSCO are encouraged to use the SMMS remote sensing data to maximize the benefit of the satellite; Chinese Government is willing to provide support and services to promote the SMMS remote sensing data applications.
        (iii) The SMMS remote sensing data shall be provided to the Data Sharing Service Platform of APSCO by its operator. Member States of APSCO can apply for data downloading according to the Regulations on Asia-Pacific Small Multi-Mission Satellite Data.
        (iv) Member States¡¯ Governments can obtain and use remote sensing data of their respective territories from SMMS archives free of charge and can distribute the data domestically. Under the condition that SMMS is safe, territorial imaging of APSCO Member States will be generated to the maximum extent to satisfy the demands of Member States¡¯ Governments.
         (v) Member States of APSCO can discuss with China about the construction of SMMS satellite remote sensing data receiving ground station. Upon its completion, respective Member State is authorized data receiving and processing. Member States can submit imaging task plans to China when they need to image their respective national territories.
        (vi) Under the principle of ¡°peaceful uses¡±, the SMMS remote sensing data shall adhere to the following priorities for imaging plans and data acquisitions:
        (a) Major national and regional natural disasters;
        (b) Support the APSCO important international cooperation projects;
        (c) National and regional governments¡¯ application projects;
        (d) National and regional scientific research and educational purposes;
        (e) Other applications supported by the governments;
        (vii) When APSCO Member States use the product developed from SMMS data, they should indicate ¡°the data originates from SMMS¡±.
       (B) APSCO Regulations on Asia-Pacific Small Multi-Mission Satellite Data The regulations on Asia-Pacific Small Multi-Mission Satellite (SMMS) Data are based on the Data Policy on Asia-Pacific Small Multi-Mission Satellite Data (DPSMMS), which aims to regulate and promote the use of SMMS data among the Member States of APSCO. See Appendix I to this Regulation for the SMMS functions and technical specifications.

General

        I. General Definitions
        (i) SMMS Satellite Data means SMMS Earth observation data and auxiliary data (payloads include Multispectral CCD cameras and Hyperspectral Imager).
         (ii) Users mean organizations and individuals of APSCO Member States who use the SMMS data product.
         II. SMMS Data Product Definitions
         (i) Standard Products mean raw data processed through the radiometric correction and geometric correction and projected in the map projection coordinates.
         (ii) Value-added Products mean Accurate Geometrically Corrected Products, Ortho-rectified Products and Featured Information Products:
          a. Accurate Geometrically Corrected Products mean the standard product whose geometrically positioning precision is improved by using ground control points.
           b. Ortho-rectified Products mean the accurate geometric correction product processed through Digital Evaluation Model (DEM) to correct the parallax caused by relief.
          c. Featured Information Products mean it is generated through featured information extraction and can be used for remote sensing applications in different industries and areas.
          III. APSCO will be responsible for organization and coordination of construction of the SMMS ground receiving station, data distribution and other related issues. See the APSCO Focal Point List in Appendix II. China Centre for Resources Satellite Data and Application (CRESDA) will be responsible for ground receiving station construction, implementation and providing support and service to promote the SMMS data application. National Disaster Reduction Centre of China (NDRCC) and Satellite Environmental Application Center of Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People¡¯s Republic of China (SEAC) will be responsible for the satellite operation and satellite imaging task plans.
         IV. APSCO Member States have the responsibility to ensure that the SMMS data is used for peaceful purposes.

Chapter One: Data Acquisition and Distribution

        V. The APSCO Member States can obtain the standard/value-added products of SMMS Multispectral CCD cameras and Hyperspectral Imager through the APSCO Data Sharing Service Platform (DSSP).
         VI. Data Acquisition
Users can order the remote sensing data of their respective territories through DSSP as follows:
        (i) Obtaining the archived data products
        a. User searches for data and submit the application;
        b. APSCO verifies the application and transfers the requirement to CRESDA;
        c. CRESDA sends the required data to DSSP;
        d. APSCO distributes the data products.
        (ii) Obtaining the programming acquired data products
        a. User submits the data acquisition requirement;
        b. APSCO verifies the application and records;
        c. APSCO sends the requirement to NDRCC and SEAC. NDRCC and SEAC tasks the imaging plan according to the priority mentioned in the DPSMMS;
        d. APSCO sends the requirement to CRESDA at the same time. CRESDA processes the collected data and sends to DSSP.
        e. APSCO distributes the data product.
Users can obtain the data product through internet download, copy (disc copy or hard disk copy) or other approaches.

Chapter Two: Data Receiving Station

         VII. Data Receiving Station
        APSCO Member State raises the construction or upgradation request to APSCO. After receiving the approval of APSCO, CRESDA will negotiate and sign contract with the Member State regarding the implementation of the station construction or upgradation. NDRCC and SEAC will sign contract with the ground receiving station management and integrate into the list of the imaging task plan, prepare regular imaging task plan for data acquisition to the ground receiving station, and copy to APSCO for record.

Chapter Three: Preferential Policy

        VIII. Preferential Policy
        According to the DPSMMS, the SMMS standard product is free of charge and the value-added product can be charged by its cost price. User shall not use the data products for commercial and related purposes.

Chapter Four: Data Uses

         IX. Data Uses
        Data uses shall follow the principle of ¡°peaceful uses¡±. User has the responsibility to protect the data copyright. When using the products developed by SMMS data, user shall indicate ¡°the data originates from SMMS¡±

Chapter Five: User Management

        X. User Registration
        Applicants shall submit the registration form to APSCO through DSSP by filling in their true information in written forms. APSCO will authorize the users after verification.
        XI. User Management
        User Categories shall be the Member State governments, research institutes and enterprises.
       To protect the user¡¯s interests and safety of the data products, the user information database shall be maintained including new users requesting for registration (personal information such as name, address, telephone, fax, email and the user¡¯s entity and etc.). According to the registered user information, the users will be categorized into different levels, according to authorization, download permission control and user origin analysis, etc. The management should also include existing user¡¯s level confirmation, modification, verification, access permission control and etc.

Supplementary Provision

        XII. APSCO reserves the right of final interpretation of this Regulation.
        XIII. This Regulation shall be effective from the date of its release.

Appendix I

        SMMS is an Earth remote sensing satellite co-invested and manufactured by China and Thailand. It was launched successfully on 6 September 2008, for the purpose of natural disaster dynamic monitoring and resource environment macroseismic survey. The design life for SMMS is three years (expired on 6 September 2011). Currently it has exceeded its design life. Being in good condition, it is still capable to provide data service.
        SMMS is equipped with the instruments of Multispectral CCD cameras and Hyperspectral Imager. The main technical parameters are shown below:
Table 1: SMMS Satellite Orbit Parameters


Table 2: SMMS Satellite Payload Parameters

Appendix II

Table 3: List of the APSCO Focal Points

 


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