On the sidelines of the 55th session of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), the Chinese BeiDou/COMPASS satellitemodel was inaugurated on 8 June 2012 in Vienna, Austria. The model is donated by the People's Republic of China.
UN-SPIDER conducted its 3rd Annual Meeting of Regional Support Offices (RSOs) on 6 and 7 February 2012 in Vienna. The meeting brought together representatives of the RSOs from Colombia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Romania, Ukraine and Hungary (as the newest RSO) and also from the Regional organisations ADRC and RCMRD. In addition the meeting was attended by representatives from Argentina, Indonesia, the Russian Federation and Turkey, which are completing the arrangements to become RSOs. In their opening remarks, Ms. Mazlan Othman, Director of the Office for Outer Space Affairs, Mr.
UN-SPIDER organized this Expert Meeting with the support and cooperation of the Government of Austria (through the Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology of Austria) and the Secure World Foundation. It brought together 72 experts and practitioners from 21 countries and was organised back-to-back with the International Conference on Crisis Mapping (ICCM 2011) (http://crisismappers.net/page/iccm-geneva-2011).
During the forty-eighth session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee (STSC) of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) from 7 to 18 February 2011, UN-SPIDER organized three side events, namely the second UN-SPIDER Regional Support Offices meeting, an expert meeting on space-based technologies and