Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization

The Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO) is an inter-governmental organization operated as a non-profit independent body with full international legal status. It is headquartered in Beijing, People's Republic of China.

Members include agencies from:[1] Bangladesh, China, Iran, Mongolia, Pakistan, Peru, and Thailand.

Indonesia and Turkey also signed the APSCO convention.[2]

In 2005, the APSCO convention was signed in Beijing.

Representatives from Argentina, Malaysia, the Philippines, Russia and Sri Lanka also attended the founding ceremony.[3]

Its stated objectives are:[4]

  1. To promote and strengthen the development of collaborative space programs among its Member States by establishing the basis for cooperation in peaceful applications of space science and technology;
  2. To take effective actions to assist the Member States in such areas as space technological research and development, applications and training by elaborating and implementing space development policies;
  3. To promote cooperation, joint development, and to share achievements among the Member States in space technology and its applications as well as in space science research by tapping the cooperative potential of the region.
  4. To enhance cooperation among relevant enterprises and institutions of the Member States and to promote the industrialization of space technology and its applications.
  5. To contribute to the peaceful uses of outer space in the international cooperative activities in space technology and its applications.

As of 2010, the organization has defined 10 projects on designing, building and launching light satellites, middle class satellites weighing 500–600 kg, research satellites, remote-sensing and telecommunications satellites.[5]


  1. ^ Member states list on APSCO website
  2. ^ Turkey joins Pakistan, China in joint efforts for Space Technology
  3. ^
  4. ^ Convention of the Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization (APSCO)
  5. ^

6.Zhu Lijing,The Legal Personality of The Asia-Pacific Space Cooperation Organization,AALCO Journal of International Law vol.1 2012,available at

External links

  • APSCO website

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