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Indonesia prepares to build a space center, set to test rockets by 2024
Penulis : Redaksi • Media : thaipbs.or.th • 25 Nov 2019 • Dibaca : 71 x ,

The Indonesian National Institute of Aviation and Space (LAPAN) plans to build a space center on the north coast of Papua New Guinea on the east side of the country. The space center has the capability to develop rockets and space launchers into orbit. The first rocket test will be in 2024.

The Indonesia space center project was started in 2013 and has chosen 3 areas to study the possibility of building the space center. The first area is Maluku Island in the east of the country The area of ??Ingano Island in the west of the country And the northern coast of Papua New Guinea

In 2018, LAPAN selected the northern coast of Papua New Guinea to build a space center. This is because the area is far away from a residential area and has a location near the equator across Indonesia, which makes launching rockets easier to transport.

Previously, Indonesia conducted a rocket test in 2007, a small rocket launcher called the RX-250, able to rise to an altitude of about 53 kilometers, which is still 100 kilometers away from the height defined as the Karman area. Line) For future plans, Indonesia aims to send satellites weighing around 50 kilograms into the Earth's orbit in the years 2019-2020, sending satellites weighing around 100 kilograms. Into orbit of the Earth in the year 2020 to 2019.

Indonesia is a country that is determined to continuously develop space technology. The Indonesian government established the National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) in 1963 to research, develop satellite space technology, including rocket transportation technology. LAPAN's head office is located in Jakarta. Consists of engineers, including more than 1,000 personnel. In the future, ASEAN countries may have a space program in Thailand, ready to adapt to the new space technology competition or not.


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