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Vice President U Myint Swe attends fourth coord meeting on establishing satellite system

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Vice President U Myint Swe delivers the opening speech at the coordination meeting on establishing satellite system in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday.  Photo: MNA

Vice President U Myint Swe, Chairman of the Leading committee on establishing satellite system attended the fourth coordination meeting of the committee at the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday morning.
The meeting was attended by Union Minister for Defence Lt-Gen Sein Win, Union Minister from the Office of the State Counsellor U Kyaw Tint Swe, Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung, Union Minister for Education Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Union Attorney General U Tun Tun Oo, Deputy Minister U Tha Oo, Deputy Attorney General U Win Myint, Permanent Secretaries and officials.
In his opening address to the meeting the Vice President said this is the fourth coordination meeting of the committee and the 13-member committee led by the Vice President was setup to implement seven tasks.
Under the management of the committee, a 9-member work committee led by Union Minister for Transport and Communications was formed and was implementing six tasks. In addition to this to support the leading committee and to implement the works quickly, three sub-committees, Myanmar-owned satellite system technical sub-committee, Myanmar-owned satellite system legal affairs and rules sub-committee and Myanmar-owned satellite transponder leasing sub-committee were formed. The leading committee has conducted three coordination meetings where sixteen decisions were made. Of the sixteen, thirteen were conducted and three are still to be done. The three ongoing works are time consuming works and target time need to be established in implementing them. Implementation of establishing own satellite system is conducted in three steps. The first step is to lease other country’s satellite transponder and at the moment MyanmarSat-1 is being leased. Second step is joint ownership and to implement this step, on 1 June 2018, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Department of Information Technology and Cyber Security signed an agreement with Intelsat Global Sales & Marketing Limited. The amount required for the agreement is US$ 155.7 million and 30 percent of this is to be paid twice in the 2018 six month budget. In fiscal year 2018-2019, 50 percent will be paid in four installments and in fiscal year 2019-2020 the remaining 20 percent will be paid in two installments.
The jointly owned MyanmarSat-2 will be used with new technologies in June 2019 and is believed to provide better benefits. In this satellite, Myanmar will use six 432 MHz C-band and six 432 MHZ Ku-band totaling 864 MHz. Relevant ministries are to draw up systematic plans to use the leased satellite channels effectively in education, health and other sectors and to consider other pros and cons when drawing up the plans.
It is understood that Migration Plan Schedule and status of machineries and equipment were explained to relevant departments by Department of Information Technology and Cyber Security at the technical sub-committee meeting held on 25 April 2018.
The third step is to launch a Myanmar wholly owned satellite. This step will be conducted when satellite channel usage increases, technological experience has been obtained and when we could control the satellite on our own. Launching a wholly owned satellite is expensive and as a first priority, efforts will be made toward launching a less expensive Earth Observation Micro-Satellite. Hokkaido University, Japan has proposed to launch such a satellite it is learnt.
It is learnt that discussions had been held with relevant ministries for the specifications of the payload camera and sensors. Once this is determined, expenditures (estimate) sent by Hokkaido University, Japan will be reviewed and the required processes and best payment methods need to be selected and conducted, said the Vice President. Space Laws are to be collected and prepared to establish a Space Agency and if required sub-committees are to be formed to launch Earth Observation Micro-Satellite. Meeting attendees are urged to openly suggest and discuss toward successful implementation of partly owned MyanamrSat-2 satellite and the aim of launching a wholly owned satellite, said the Vice President.
Next, work committee chairman Union Minister for Transport and Communications U Thant Sin Maung explained about works conducted on establishing a satellite system.
Afterwards, Union Ministers Lt-Gen Sein Win and Dr. Myo Thein Gyi, Union Attorney General U Tun Tun Oo, Deputy Minister U Tha Oo, Permanent Secretaries, sub-committee members and meeting attendees explained, discussed and suggested on sector wise works conducted. The Vice President gave advice and instructions based on suggestions and subject matters presented at the meeting. The meeting came to a close after a concluding speech by the Vice President.

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