Indonesia Building New 'Bigger' Spaceport
Penulis : Christina Daumann
Media : asgardia.space •
12 Nov 2019 •
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Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) plans to construct a new spaceport in Biak, Papua.
Indonesian government space agency already manages the rocket launch site Stasiun Peluncuran Roket (literally ‘Rocket Launching Station’) located in the Garut Regency on West Java. The facility was built in 1963 through cooperation between Indonesia and Japan.
‘We will build [the spaceport] just like LAPAN's rocket launch site we have in South Garut [West Java]. However, it will be bigger so that it can be used for larger rocket test launches,’ said LAPAN flight and aerospace study centre head Robertus Heru Trijahyanto.
Biak was chosen as a location to construct the new spaceport due to the regency’s vast area, which can support LAPAN’s initiative to perform larger rocket test launch in 2024.
Biak is a small island located near the northern coast of Papua. The place is close to the equator, which will help to save money on rocket fuel, and faces the Pacific Ocean. The site was chosen in 2018 among two other candidates: Morotai Island in North Maluku and Enggano Island in Bengkulu.
According to LAPAN head Thomas Djamaluddin, the planned new spaceport would help Indonesia master the technology and operation for satellite launches.
‘LAPAN can already make satellites on its own. The next target is to launch a satellite with our own rockets that we made and a spaceport inside Indonesia,’ saidDjamaluddin.
LAPAN expects to finish the construction of the spaceport before 2024 with the help of international partners.