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LAPAN Satellite Technology Encourages the Increasing of Food Security and Environmental Natural Resources Management
News Writter : Pusteksat/Edr • Photographers : Pusteksat/Edr • 10 Oct 2017 • Read : 6793 x ,

The 4th International LAPAN-IPB Satellite Symposium was held from 9 to 11 October 2017 at IPB International Convention Center, Bogor. The symposium is titled "The Role of Satellite Technology in Food Security and Environmental Management". The symposium was opened by IPB Vice Rector for Facilities and Business Sector, Prof. Ir. Dr. Anas Miftah Fauzi.

Such event was one of the continuations of cooperation between LAPAN with IPB which has been established since 2010, regarding the development and utilization of microsatellite to support the achievement of national food security.

The Keynote Speaker in this activity was Deputy for Aeronautics and Space Technology, Dr. Rika Andiarti and Dr. Nurwadjedi from Geospatial Information Agency (BIG).

Rika presented LAPAN results of research, development, and engineering, especially the development of satellite technology that has been successfully created and developed. It was started with the success stories of LAPAN-A1 / LAPAN-TUBSAT, LAPAN-A2 / LAPAN-ORARI, then LAPAN-A3 / LAPAN-IPB. She said that the development of satellites and other LAPAN research & development results have Act No. 21 of 2013 concerning Space Conducts as the legal basis.

Rika also conveyed LAPAN Satellite roadmap used as the guideline for research, development, and engineering activities for the next period. Related to the theme of the symposium, are also explained the benefits or roles of satellite technology for the national interest, among others, that it is useful for the observation of vessels, amateur communication through Voice Repeater (VR) and Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS), and land monitoring.

The first discussion session was guided by Prof. Lilik Budi Prasetyo (IPB) as the moderator. There are three speakers in this panel of discussions. Robertus Heru Triharjanto (LAPAN), Prof. Kohei Arai (Saga University), and Muhammad Kamal (UGM).

One of the interesting materials discussed is the Graduate Research Opportunities Within LAPAN's Micro-Satellite Program. Heru explained the utilization of satellite technology that has been done. One of which is the Line Image Space Application (LISA) data which has reached 80% of Indonesia territory. The data is generated from the LAPAN-A3/LAPAN-IPB satellite. At this symposium, it was also presented the work of research, development, and engineering from Satellite Technology Center.

This event is an annual event which is one of the manifestations of the President's mandate. Such mandate mentions IPB as the pioneer in food security research. Thus, IPB is required to play an active role in the formulation of Space Mission and LISAT roadmap, with more collaborative implementation with LAPAN.

Hopefully, such cooperation, especially related to food security and environmental management, can continue and provide benefits for the national interest. So that both LAPAN and IPB can synergize to realize a developed and independent Indonesia.

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