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DR SHEIKH MUSZAPHAR SHUKOR & THE ANGKASAWAN PROGRAMME

A Compilation of News, Updates & Press Releases

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Sunday, 2 December 2007
MALAYSIAN-MADE ROCKETS IN 15 YEARS
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

National Space Agency Director-General Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman (left) talking to Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor after the public lecture at the Academy of Sciences yesterday.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians building their own satellite or rocket in their garage?

This will be possible in the future as the National Space Agency is intensifying efforts to develop its capacity in satellite technology and teaching the skills to youths.

"It can happen if people at that time reach a certain level of technical expertise as well as have a desire to do something different," said its director-general Datuk Dr Mazlan Othman in a public lecture at the Academy of Sciences Malaysia yesterday.

The way to achieve that level, she said, was to expose schoolchildren and university students to satellite and rocket-building.

"Hopefully, in the next 15 to 20 years, the idea will not be so alien to them, as they would have touched or even built a satellite while studying," she said.

The National Space Agency has started going to schools and universities to raise awareness and to help develop certain skills among the children and undergraduates.

Mazlan added that it was not difficult to build satellites. "Only the sophisticated satellite needs to be built in a sophisticated place."

She said the agency planned to develop a centre to build satellites locally.

"We must provide jobs for the best brains in Malaysia to stay in the country so as to create a 'brain retention' of these space experts," she said.

Also present at the public lecture, which was entitled "Space: Its Value Proposition for Malaysian Security, Enterprise and Science", were Malaysia's first astronaut Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha and Academy of Sciences of Malaysia honorary treasurer Datuk Ahmad Zaidee Laidin.

 

Source: The New Straits Times Online


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM WST
Friday, 9 November 2007
MALAYSIA: ONE SPACEMAN'S NOT ENOUGH
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor on his return to Earth. .

The first Malaysian space traveller Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor returned to Earth just three weeks ago, but already the country is planning to send another astronaut to the International Space Station on board a Russian spacecraft.

On October 21, the Russian Soyuz TMA-11 spaceship landed in Kazakhstan.

It brought back to Earth the two members of the 15th expedition to the ISS, Oleg Kotov and Fyodor Yurchikhin, who'd spent more than six months in space. But there was also a third man on board on the craft - Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, the first-ever Malaysian in space, whose time at the ISS was brief but still significant.

"I feel really great. I feel excited to be the first Malaysian in space. Malaysia will have its own space rocket," he exclaimed.

Russian space officials confirmed that talks are underway with Malaysia over co-operation on future projects.

Anatoly Perminov, the Head of Russian Space Agency commented, "We spoke on a number of issues with Malaysian authorities, including our future co-operation and about their next astronaut to go into space in around 2010."

"We are also discussing selling them the spaceship which the Malaysian astronaut was on," he added.

The first Malaysian astronaut spent 11 days in space - and a whole year of training in Russia. This, he says, was the key.

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor says he fell in love with the country, and most of all with its people, and that it was the best time of his life.

 

Source: Russia Today


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM WST
Wednesday, 7 November 2007
RUSSIA OFFERS TO SELL 'SOYUZ' TO MALAYSIA
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

KUALA LUMPUR: Russia has offered to sell Malaysia the Soyuz craft that carried the first Malaysian astronaut into space, state media reported.

Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor blasted off on the Russian spacecraft on Oct. 10 and spent nine days at the International Space Station (ISS), in an odyssey linked to the billion-dollar purchase of fighter jets from Russia.

Malaysian Science, Innovation and Technology Minister Jamaluddin Jarjis said he would submit Russia's offer to the Cabinet, the official Bernama news agency reported late on Monday.

'IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT'

"I received the offer while waiting for Dr Sheikh Muszaphar's return in Russia. We are discussing the matter and if the price is right we can bring it back to Malaysia," he said.

Jamaluddin said it was "a good idea" but the government would have to be sure the public supported the move.

He did not say how much the craft would cost.

CHOOSING MUSZAPHAR

Muszaphar, a 35-year-old doctor and part-time model, was chosen from thousands of hopefuls in a nationwide competition that generated tremendous excitement in Malaysia.

The Malaysian astronaut trained for over a year before taking part on the mission.

He accompanied American Peggy Whitson, the new commander on the ISS, and Russia's Yury Malenchenko on the voyage.

The government is now considering Russia's offer to send a second Malaysian into space in the next two years.

 

Source: Taipei Times Online


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM WST
Tuesday, 6 November 2007
DEWAN RAKYAT: RUSSIANS TO SELL US SOYUZ SPACECRAFT
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

RUSSIA has offered to sell to Malaysia the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft used by angkasawan Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor in his historic journey to space.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis said the offer would be considered after garnering feedback from various quarters.

However, he declined to reveal the price set by Russia.

"The Russians have offered the craft to us. The offer is good but we will have to negotiate the price. If it is reasonable, the matter will be forwarded to the cabinet for consideration," he told reporters during a visit by astronauts Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor and Major Dr Faiz Khaleed to parliament yesterday.

Jamaludin said he hoped the offer would be raised and debated by MPs in the house.

He said there were suggestions that a site was set up to mark Malaysia's success in sending a Malaysian to space.

He said the Soyuz spacecraft could be displayed at the site which could generate long-term interest in aerospace."If we can bring it to Malaysia, it will inspire our younger generation. They can explore the interior and experience the feeling of being in a spacecraft. This will certainly fire up their passion."

Jamaludin said he would also propose to the cabinet to declare Oct 10 as Hari Angkasa (Space Day) to mark the historic event.

He also said a foundation would soon be set up to care for the welfare of both astronauts.

Several private corporations had voiced their interest to help the space programme and the duo in their nationwide roadshow, which is scheduled to start next year.

Jamaludin said the search for a third angkasawan would start next year to accompany Dr Faiz in his training for the 2010 or 2011 space journey.

 

Source: The New Straits Times Online


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM WST
Monday, 5 November 2007
SOYUZ OFFER GREAT NEWS, SAYS DR SHEIKH MUSZAPHAR
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

SEPANG: Malaysia's first astronaut Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha has described the offer by Russia to sell to Malaysia the Soyuz TMA-11 spacecraft in which he went to the International Space Station (ISS) as great news.

Met by reporters at the KL International Airport here tonight, he said that if the purchase was successful, all Malaysians will get to see an actual spacecraft "with their own eyes".

"They will also have a better idea about my trip into space while Malaysian scientists and others can get invaluable information from studying it," he said.

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar and Malaysia's second astronaut Mejar Dr Faiz Khaleed left for Moscow, Russia together with their respective families at 11.45pm.

The duo will spend three weeks at the Yuri Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Moscow, which will culminate in their recognition as full-fledged cosmonauts in a traditional ceremony to be arranged by Roscosmos, Russia's space agency.

 

Source: Bernama.com


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM WST
MALAYSIA OFFERED TO BUY RUSSIA SPACESHIP
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

KUALA LUMPUR: Russia has offered to sell to Malaysia the spaceship Soyuz TMA-11 in which Malaysian first astronaut Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor flew to the International Space Station (ISS) recently.

The offer "is a good idea" but the government had not made any decision on the matter, Malaysian Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Jamaludin Jarjis said at the gathering of Barisan Nasional Back Benchers Club (BNBBC) with the National Astronaut here on Monday

"I received the offer while waiting for Sheikh Muszaphar's return in Russia. We are discussing the matter and if the price isright we can bring it back to Malaysia.

"Furthermore, Sheikh Muszaphar flew in it which is a historical event," Malaysian national news agency Bernama quoted the minister as saying.

He added that he would submit the matter to the cabinet.

Public support on the purchase was also necessary, he said.

The Soyuz TMA-11 carried Sheikh Muszaphar and two other astronauts, Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko from Russia and Commander Peggy Whitson from the United States to the ISS on Oct. 10.  

 

Source: China View Online

Site Editor's Note: This article is very similar to the one by BERNAMA on the same date.


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM WST
MALAYSIA OFFERED SOYUZ TMA-11 FOR SALE
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

Russia has offered to sell the spaceship Soyuz TMA-11 in which Astronaut Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha flew to the International Space Station (ISS) recently to Malaysia.

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis said the offer "is a good idea" but the government had not made any decision on the matter.

"I received the offer while waiting for Dr Sheikh Muszaphar's return in Russia. We are discussing the matter and if the price is right we can bring it back to Malaysia.

"Furthermore, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar flew in it which is a historical event," he said, adding that he would submit the matter to the cabinet.

Speaking to reporters at the gathering of Barisan Nasional Back Benchers Club (BNBBC) with the National Astronaut here today, he said public support on the purchase was also necessary.

The Soyuz TMA-11 carried Dr Sheikh Muszaphar and two other astronauts, Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko from Russia and Commander Peggy Whitson from the United States to the ISS on Oct 10
.

 

Source: Bernama.com


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM WST
MALAYSIA WEIGHS BUYING RUSSIA SPACECRAFT
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia is thinking of buying the Russian craft that carried the first Malaysian into space and putting it on exhibit to stimulate scientific interest among the country's youths, an official said Monday.

Science Minister Jamaludin Jarjis said Russia's space agency offered to sell the Soyuz TMA-11 craft to Malaysia and that negotiations were under way. There was no mention of any possible price.

Malaysia's Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor lifted off on Oct. 10 in the Soyuz craft as part of a mission to the international space station, where the astronaut spent 11 days conducting scientific experiments with cancer cells, proteins and microbes that cause tropical diseases.

"We are very keen to acquire the spacecraft and bring it back to Malaysia. It will be the icon to create awareness, and to stimulate interest in science and technology among some five million kids in school," he said, adding that the craft could be displayed at Malaysia's space center. "This investment is for Malaysia's future, to create a knowledge-based society."

Malaysia, one of Southeast Asia's most prosperous nations, aims to become a developed country by 2020.

Jamaludin said he would seek public opinion on the purchase before asking for the government's approval.

Sheikh Muszaphar, who has become a national hero, is scheduled to soon start a nationwide tour to share his experience in space.

 

Source: Google News


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM WST
Saturday, 3 November 2007
FAIZ: I'M READY FOR MUCH TOUGHER TRAINING
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

Major Dr Faiz Khaleed (left) and Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor (centre) presenting a souvenir to Datuk Seri Najib Razak.
KUALA LUMPUR: The journey will be long and hard, but Major Dr Faiz Khaleed is raring to go to the next phase of his astronaut training and do the nation proud.

Touched and thankful that the government was considering him as a candidate for the next space mission, Dr Faiz said he would give his "100 per cent" to the space programme.

"I am willing to do much tougher training. There will be more challenges as the government wants to conduct more experiments and a space walk."

"I'm ready for it and my commitment is 100 per cent," he said after paying a courtesy call to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday.

Present at the meeting were the country's first astronaut, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, and Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Jamaludin Jarjis.

Russia has offered a place to Malaysia in the International Space Station (ISS) by 2010, based on the successful conclusion of Dr Sheikh Muszaphar's inaugural space programme with his landing on Oct 21.

Dr Faiz's said space training overseas would take three years.

Both he and Dr Sheikh Muszaphar will leave for Russia on Monday night for two weeks for an inauguration ceremony by the Russian National Space Agency (Roskosmos) to formally confer them the title of cosmonauts.

When they return, there are plans to send them to perform umrah with their families before going around the country to meet and greet the people.

Next year, they will have to undergo a three-month refresher course to maintain their fitness level and skills as cosmonauts.

National Angkasawan Programme director Col (Dr) Zulkeffeli Mat Jusoh said Russia had agreed that future flights by Malaysian astronauts would be more participative and this could include space walks.

Jamaludin said a memorandum of understanding on sending an angkasawan to the ISS by 2010 would be submitted to the Cabinet for deliberation next year.

It will include the confirmation of Malaysia's acceptance of Russia's invitation to send an astronaut to space and forging alliances with the aerospace industry.

 

Source: The Star Online


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM JST
DR SHEIKH MUSZAPHAR SHUKOR TO MEET THE PEOPLE
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

MELAKA: The country's first astronaut will tour the nation to share his experience with the people.

Science, Technology and Innovations Ministry parliamentary secretary Datuk Prof Mohd Ruddin Ab Ghani said the tour would probably start next month, after Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor had received his accreditation as an astronaut from the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, in Moscow.

Yesterday Dr Sheikh Muszaphar was reported as saying that he wanted to use his experience as an astronaut to encourage Malaysians, especially students, to take an interest in space science.

The country's first astronaut was in space for 11 days from October 10.

Mohd Ruddin said his ministry would collaborate with the Education Ministry to enable Dr Sheikh Muszaphar to meet the students nationwide
.

 

Source: Bernama.com


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM JST
Thursday, 1 November 2007
MALAYSIA MOVING FORWARD IN SPACE INDUSTRY - ABDULLAH
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia has taken a giant step forward in the field of space industry following the successful space mission carried out by the country's first astronaut Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha, said Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

The prime minister said the success of the endeavour boosted Malaysia's resolve to derive further benefits from the industry.

"He (Dr Sheikh Muszaphar) has enabled the country to stand tall," he told a joint news conference with Dr Sheikh Muszaphar and Malaysia's other astronaut Major Dr Faiz Khaleed, at the Prime Minister's Office here today.

Abdullah said that although Dr Sheikh Muszaphar's space sojourn was brief and the Soyuz space capsule had encountered technical problems during landing, the specimens of the space experiments performed by the Malaysian spaceman were intact and could be studied by scientists.

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar spent 11 days in space conducting experiments on the International Space Station before returning to earth on Oct 21.

On Russia's offer to send the second Malaysian astronaut into space, Abdullah said the government would have to look at, among others, the cost involved, the benefits to be derived and what had been achieved by the country's first spaceman.

The prime minister said Dr Sheikh Muszaphar was likely to be involved in future space missions.

Abdullah said the spaceman had informed him that so much good had come out of the space expedition not only for himself but also for the country.

The two astronauts were accompanied by Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis.

Meanwhile, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar took the opportunity to present mementoes to Abdullah - a copy of the Quran he had brought to the ISS, a special leather jacket and items related to the space mission.

"I managed to read 40 pages of the Quran while on the ISS," the spaceman said while handing over the Muslim holy book to the prime minister.

As Dr Sheikh Muszaphar was helping Abdullah to put on the jacket, the prime minister jokingly said: "I feel that I'm an astronaut but this one doesn't go into space. You're our hero... when can we get our heroine."

Abdullah then turned to Dr Faiz and said: "You too can be our hero."
.

 

Source: Bernama.com


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM JST
Monday, 29 October 2007
THE ADVENTURE HAS ONLY JUST BEGUN
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia's first angkasawan may have completed his journey to space but for the country’s space programme, it is only the beginning of more exciting things to come.

The successful conclusion of Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor’s journey to space has shown that nothing is impossible if we believe and work for it.

What was a dream is now a reality and a legacy for future generations to build on.

The angkasawan programme began in 2003. Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had expressed the hope that he would one day see a Malaysian in space.

At that time, the notion that a Malaysian would ever reach the depths of space was too incredible to imagine.

But several years later, Dr Muszaphar has done just that.

When it was announced that he would be the first Malaysian to travel to space, an excited Dr Muszaphar had said: "I feel so lucky, I feel as though I’m living the dream of all Malaysians."

Indeed he was. Malaysians of all ages were glued to their television sets on Oct 10, waiting with bated breath for the Soyuz TMA-10 to lift off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 9.22pm.

The nine giant screens showing the live telecast at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre attracted about 1,800 viewers.

Many more offered their prayers for a safe journey for Dr Muszaphar from their living rooms.

Spontaneous cheers rang out and every Malaysian stood a little taller when the screen showed the handsome orthopaedic surgeon in the Soyuz TMA-10.

Despite attempts to discredit Dr Muszaphar as nothing more than a space tourist, he showed that he meant business and was not a mere visitor to the International Space Station.

He conducted research on three experiments under the life sciences category.

The Cells in Space experiment, on the effects of micro-gravity and space radiation on cancer cells, would shed light on cell behaviour and tissue repair.

Another experiment, called Microbes in Space, studied the effects of micro-gravity and space radiation on bacterial growth and drug resistance.

The Protein Crystallisation in Space compared the crystallisation of proteins in space with those crystallised on Earth to develop future industrial applications.

Dr Muszaphar was required to carry out each experiment based on a rigid timetable, which he did. He spent nine days on the ISS and returned to Earth on Oct 21.

After witnessing the launch, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had said the country’s space programme would continue with the help of the Russian Space Agency.

This was echoed by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who announced on Oct 21 that the agency had offered to send another Malaysian to the ISS in 2010 or 2011.

"The next mission will be a step up from the first mission," Najib had said, hinting at greater things for Major Dr Faiz Khaleed, the primary candidate for the next space flight.

When it was conceptualised, the angkasawan programme was meant to be a starting point to spur interest in science and technology.

The target of the programme are students, whom Abdullah had said would "ultimately realise all the dreams and aspirations we have for our nation".

Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Jamaludin Jarjis echoed that in Moscow when he said: "The success of our first space mission will inspire Malaysian youth to learn more about space. It will open their minds and push them beyond limitations."

It is time for the thousands of Malaysian children who have followed Dr Muszaphar’s progress to dream their own dreams and make them a reality.

 

Source: The New Straits Times Online


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM JST
Tuesday, 23 October 2007
MALAYSIA AIMING FOR GREATER SUCCESS IN SPACE
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

IPOH: Angkasawan Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor's safe return from space represents not just a personal success for him but a success for the country and all Malaysians. 

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said that, usually, only developed nations had the capability to plan missions to outer space. 

"We are not developed yet but we are working to achieve more and even greater success towards the year 2020 when we can be a developed nation." 

"To achieve that success, we must implement many projects, one of which are projects in the fields of science and space," he said before launching the Gugusan Manjoi Administration and Commercial Complex here yesterday. 

Abdullah said the country was also working with the space agencies of countries like Japan, Russia, Kazakhstan and the United States to benefit from their progress. 

"It is my hope that this is not the first and last success. We want this first achievement in space to bring even greater success in the future," he added. 

Saying he was thankful for Dr Sheikh Muszaphar's safe return, the prime minister noted that the various experiments carried out in space seemed to have gone well. 

"The European countries and Japan are interested in knowing the results of the experiments carried out by Dr Sheikh Muszaphar," Abdullah said. 

The Angkasawan had conducted the study of the effects of micro gravity and space radiation on cells and microbes, experiments with proteins, among others.  

Abdullah gave an assurance that despite the big expense of sending a Malaysian to space, it did not mean that the Angkasawan programme was a waste. 

"It does not mean there won't be enough funds for other needs although this venture requires a lot of investment." 

"We have the funds to carry out the projects and the programmes to bring prosperity to the people and development to the nation," he said.

 

Source: The Star Online


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM JST
PM: WE'LL HAVE MORE SPACE MISSIONS
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

IPOH: Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor's achievement as the first Malaysian in space is a success story for the nation and all Malaysians, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

He said the first Malaysian mission into space would not be the last, adding that the government would continue to encourage more of such endeavours to put Malaysia on the world map.

"Malaysia has not reached developed status yet. Our target is the year 2020, but we have managed to send a man into space, a feat that is usually synonymous with a developed nation."

"It shows that Malaysians have the ability to be on par with their counterparts in developed countries. In order for Malaysia to obtain developed status, we must start now and strive forward forcefully, implementing projects, particularly in the field of science, technology and space exploration."

Abdullah said this at the launching of the Gugusan Manjoi administrative and commercial complex here yesterday.

He hoped other Malaysians would emulate Dr Muszaphar's feat and that there would be many more such efforts in the future.

Dr Muszaphar's research activities in space had triggered interest in Russia, among European countries and Japan, he said.

While at the International Space Station, Dr Muszaphar had conducted experiments for the European Space Agency on the effects of microgravity on the human body.

"The foray into space was not a waste. Although the expense was great, the government has the money and we are able to finance undertakings of this nature."

"The government also hopes to work with space agencies in other countries, such as Kazakhstan and Japan."

It was reported that the Russian space agency, Roskosmos, had offered a place for another Malay- sian angkasawan in the International Space Station in late 2010 or early 2011.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had said the government had until the end of 2009 to accept the offer. This time around, it would not be an offset arrangement but directly financed.

He also said Roskosmos had agreed to be part of Malaysia's civil space expedition, which the government hoped to conclude under an agreement.

Angkasawan Dr Muszaphar returned to Earth safely with cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Oleg Kotov aboard the Soyuz TMA-10 spacecraft on Sunday after spending 11 days in space.

 

Source: The New Straits Times Online


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM JST
GOVT TO CONSIDER SECOND ANGKASAWAN OFFER
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

IPOH: Malaysia will seek more details from the Russian Federal Space Agency before deciding whether to send a second Angkawasan into space, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi. 

Thanking the agency for the offer, he said the Government however wanted to consider the matter carefully before making a final decision. 

Asked if there was any question of cost, Abdullah said: "I am not aware of any details that I can offer. It is important to find out if there are other conditions or details we have to look into."

It was reported on Monday that the Russian Federal Space Agency had extended an open offer for Malaysia to send a second Angkasawan - who would likely be Kapt Dr Faiz Khaleed - to the International Space Station in late 2010 or 2011. 

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had said Malaysia had until 2009 to confirm its undertaking of a second space mission.

 

Source: The Star Online


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM JST
MALAYSIA CONSIDERS OFFER TO SEND 2ND MAN INTO SPACE
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

IPOH: The government will carry out a thorough study before deciding on the offer by the Russian space agency, Roscosmos, to send Malaysia's second angkasawan into space by end of 2010 or early 2011.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said the study would be made after the government had received detailed information on the offer.

"We have to consider carefully before we make a final decision," he said at a media conference before concluding his two-day visit to Perak since yesterday.

The Prime Minister said it was important for the government to know the terms contained in the offer including the cost.

"I'm not aware of any detail behind that offer. It's important that we find out if there are other conditions and details that we need to scrutinise," he said when asked on the offer and the cost to be borne by the goernment.

Roscosmos made the offer following the success of Malaysia's first space mission by Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak had earlier said that Roscosmos gave Malaysia up to the end of 2009 to confirm Malaysia's participation in subsequent space missions.

In another development, Abdullah said the MSC Malaysia Cybercentre@Meru Raya project launched today would act as a catalyst in the overall development of Perak.

"I believe it will grow rapidly and will contribute to the development of other fields. IT is the catalyst for us to generate progress in the other sectors," he said.

He said the Kinta Valley, which is not included in the Northern Corridor Regional Development, needed other forms of development.

The MSC Malaysia Cybercentre@Meru Raya in Bandar Meru Raya, here will cover a total area of 404 hectares when fully completed in 2015.

When asked to comment on the request by Cuepacs that the government considered a bonus or an honorarium of RM2,000 to government employees before year end, Abdullah declined, saying: "Follow my previous statement."

Unlike the previous years, Abdullah did not touch on bonus payment to government employees when tabling the 2008 Budget on Sept 7.

Cuepacs president Omar Osman was yesterday reported as saying that the umbrella union for government employees had sent a memorandum on the matter on Sept 10.

The Prime Minister also declined comment on the status of Chief Justice Tun Ahmad Fairuz Sheikh Abdul Halim whose tenure of service ends at the end of the month
.

 

Source: Bernama.com


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM JST
Monday, 22 October 2007
MPs TO HOST RECEPTION FOR DR SHEIKH MUSZAPHAR
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

KUALA LUMPUR: The nation's first astronaut, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor, will be given a special reception at Parliament House when he returns from Moscow in a fortnight.

Barisan Nasional Backbenchers Club (BNBBC) acting chairman Datuk Raja Ahmad Zainuddin Raja Omar said the reception is a mark of respect for his efforts in making the space mission a success.

"We have discussed our plan with the Dewan Rakyat Speaker and want to be the first to host Dr Sheikh Muszaphar on his return after two weeks of quarantine in Moscow," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby here Monday.

He said BNBBC wanted to play a role in helping the government develop space science and would discuss with Science, Technology and Innovation Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaluddin Jarjis how best to generate interest among the young.

"We also plan to hold a roadshow on Dr Sheikh Muszaphar's feat at schools and institutions of higher learning for the benefit of students," he added.

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar landed at Arkylk, Kazakhstan. in a Soyuz TMA-10 capsule yesterday with Russians Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Pilot Oleg Kotov after a journey of three hours and 23 minutes from the International Space Station (ISS), some 350km from earth.

He left for ISS in a Soyuz TMA-11 rocket with Commander Peggy Whitson of United States and Flight Engineer Yuri Malechenko of Russia from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Oct 10.

During his 11 days at ISS, Dr Sheikh Muszaphar was involved in several scientific research experiments including the effects of microgravity and radiation on cells and microbes and protein crystallisation
.

 

Source: Bernama.com


Posted by site editor at 12:01 AM JST
RUSSIA OFFERS ANOTHER SHOT AT SPACE
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

MOSCOW: The Russian Space Agency, Roskosmos, is offering a place for another Malaysian angkasawan to the International Space Station in late 2010 or early 2011.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the government had until the end of 2009 to accept the offer.

"Roskosmos president Anatoli Perminov told me they were willing to train our second angkasawan for the next mission.

"This time, it will not be an offset arrangement but directly financed," he said at the Mission Control Centre here yesterday.

"Roskosmos has agreed to be a part of our civil space expedition, which we hope to seal under an agreement which will encompass all aspects, including benefits to science and technology and space exploration for the country.

"The details of the agreement will be based on our evaluation of the first mission and the scientists' assessment of the benefits of the experiments."

Najib said a cost-benefit analysis would be conducted.

"Since the next expedition would involve public funds, the government would have to convince the public of the need of the mission, although I can say now that we are very interested in continuing our space programme.

"The return of our astronaut marks our success in space. We want the country to benefit in the years to come from our angkasawan programme."

Najib, who is also defence minister, said he was grateful to ministries and agencies involved in the programme.

 

Source: The New Straits Times Online


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SECOND BID 'MAY EAT INTO FUNDS'
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

JOHOR BARU: The plan to send a second Angkasawan to space should be carefully considered as it may eat into development funds. 

Public Accounts Committee chairman Datuk Shahrir Samad said that while he was "not totally against" the plan, all the pros and cons had to be contemplated. 

"Of course this project will help broaden our thinking and encourage the study of science and technology."  

"However, as a developing country, we have many competing considerations and developmental projects," he said, adding that the effect such an expensive project would have on the national expenditure also had to be considered. 

He was speaking to reporters during his Hari Raya open house at the Dewan Raya Bandar Baru Uda yesterday.  

He said that while he did not negate the benefits of space exploration, there were other factors like development in Sabah and Sarawak, infrastructure requirements and human capital training to remember. 

The Malaysian Angkasawan programme is an offset from the RM3.42bil deal with the Russians for the purchase of 18 Sukhoi Su-30 MKM fighter jets for the Royal Malaysian Air Force.  

Russia agreed to offer one seat for a Malaysian to join their crew in an expedition to the International Space Station, and bear the training cost of the country's first batch of Angkasawan.

 

Source: The Star Online


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Sunday, 21 October 2007
RUSSIA OFFERS TO SEND NEXT ANGKASAWAN INTO SPACE IN 2010
Topic: - The Prog. - Future

MOSCOW: The Russian Space Agency, Roscosmos, has offered to send the next Malaysian angkasawan into space by end 2010 or early 2011 following the success of the first Malaysian space mission carried out by Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha.

Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Roscosmos president, Anatoli Perminov had personally made him the offer after witnessing the landing of the space capsule Soyuz TMA-10 which carried Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor at Arkylk, Kazakhstan at 2.37pm local time (6.37pm Malaysian time).

He said Roscosmos gave Malaysia up to the end of 2009 to confirm the participation of Malaysia's subsequent angkasawan for the next space mission.

He said both parties had also reached agreement in principle to sign an accord between the Malaysian government and Russian government through Roscosmos to undertake space expeditions on a long term programme.

"With the signing of the accord, it means that Malaysia has an umbrella agreement that encompasses every aspect that would bring benefits to our country including in the field of satellite technology, remote sensing, navigation, telenology and scientific studies that can be carried out in the next expedition," he told Malaysian journalists here.

He said the detailed contents of the proposed agreement were being scrutinised by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations and would be presented to the Cabinet for approval.

He also explained that part of the agreement was that Russia would continue to provide the necessary training to the subsequent Malaysian angkasawan.

Asked on the position of Malaysia's second astronaut, Capt Dr Faiz Khaleed, Najib said that Dr Faiz would be next in line.

"I've also informed Perminov that if there were an offer, Malaysia will give serious consideration and will look into the financial implications and so on, whereby the mission will not be reciprocal to Malaysia's purchasing of equipment from Russia," he said.

Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor's space mission was carried out following a reciprocal agreement for the purchase of 18 units of the Russian Sukhoi jet fighters costing RM3.4 billion.

He said the sending of subsequent Malaysian angkasawan into space would be fully funded by the Malaysian government.

Asked whether the second space mission would be similar to the first one, Najib replied: "It will be a step up in terms of what we can do as part of our space exploration, but details will depend on the findings of our first mission and what the scientists think we can accomplish by sending the second man into space.

"It has to be based on a cost benefit analysis because you are committing public fund and we need to indicate to the public the benefits that we can derive from being actively involved in space exploration."

Asked if Malaysia would work with other space agencies such as NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) of the United States, Najib said Malaysia would cooperate with any space agencies.

Asked on his feelings about Malaysia becoming a space exploring nation, he said: "I think we all have the same feeling, all around the table and people at home in Malaysia, there is a sense of pride and joy and a sense that we belong to a very exclusive club of nations."

He also congratulated Dr Sheikh Muszpahar Shukor on his successful mission
.

 

Source: Bernama.com


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