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The Importance of Satellite Navigation for Sustainable Government Program Development
News Writter : Humas/AP • Photographers : Humas/And • 09 Oct 2017 • Read : 7159 x ,

Monday (9/10), there was the holding of "The 9th Multi-GNSS Asia Conference" at Ballroom Hotel Ayana Mid Plaza, Jakarta. The event, themed "Next Generation Multi-GNSS Resilient Solutions for Sustainable Development" was organized by LAPAN in collaboration with BELS (Building Europeans Links toward South East Asia), GNSS Asia, JAXA (Japan Space Exploration Agency), and QZSS (Quasi Zenith Satellite System). This activity lasted for three days.

In his speech, Director of Multi-GNSS Asia, Ta Hai Tung said, this year's implementation is very special because it is implemented in Indonesia, one of the countries with the largest population in the world. He thanked LAPAN for hosting a conference that could not be separated from the success of LAPAN as a local committee in carrying out its duties in the field of aeronautics and space. He hoped to establish more cooperative relationships between Japan, Indonesia, and other countries participating in the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) conference.

Representing the Minister of Science, Technology, and Higher Education were the Expert Staff of Academic Affairs, Prof. Dr. Paulina Pannen, officially opened this 9th Asian Multi-GNSS conference. She said this event is very important for the progress of the Indonesian nation. Indonesia can build relationships with professionals from other space agencies and other countries.

She took an example regarding the events of natural disaster at Mount Agung (Bali). Multi-GNSS technology can help in the monitoring of such volcano's circumstances. Multi-GNSS development in Indonesia is expected to be much better so that it can be applied in other fields.

The problem that occurred in Indonesia is the growth of national technology is slow due to lack of communication between business stakeholders (private) with government institutions. She hoped that researchers can work together with industry in advancing Indonesia. One of such cooperation is in the development of GNSS and regarding the down-streaming policy of research results for the community.

Meanwhile, The Chairman of LAPAN, Prof. Dr. Thomas Djamaluddin, conveyed the importance of satellite technology for Indonesia. As the third satellite telecommunications user after America and Canada, in 1976 Indonesia launched a telecommunication satellite, called Palapa.

The Chairman of LAPAN explained the use of remote sensing technology in land and marine control of Indonesia. He also explained the usefulness of satellite navigation that can support the development of sustainable programs in Indonesia.

Thomas hoped that this conference can manifest the next generation of GNNS that can support sustainable development as the theme carries.

The Chairman of Geospatial Information Agency (BIG), Hasanuddin Abidin, in his keynote speech, explained some of the uses of GNSS that BIG utilizes in Indonesia. Its main role is the formation of useful data and information in the geospatial field. As a maritime country, Indonesia is a huge country. "If we take a line from Sabang to Merauke, it is equal to the distance of London, England, to Baghdad, Iraq. If the northern end of Borneo is drawn to Java, it is equal to the distance from Poland to the Mediterranean Sea," he explained. With such huge size of Indonesia, it means that Indonesia needs to manage geospatial information. The information of such is obtained with the utilization of technology of LAPAN such as mapping, surveillance, and so forth.

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