Young Space Activities Overview in Indonesia
Space in Indonesia has become a trend among young Indonesia. This is marked by the beginning of the rampant activities that carried out activities and involved the younger generation. The Indonesian rocket competition, better known as KOMURINDO, was conducted in 2007, followed by other competitions such as the Atmospheric Balloon Competition, Water Rocket Competition for the kindergarten children, and Space Debate organized by LAPAN.
The young generation of Indonesia is also actively involved in several international events, either in seminars/conferences such as IAC, APRSAF, APSCO, ITU or in international competitions. Many awards are achieved by Indonesia’s young generation in the competition such as becoming the 2nd Winner of APSCO Cansat Competition held in Ulaanbatar, Mongolia, 22-23 September 2016, 2nd and 3rd Winner of APRSAF-Water Rocket Competition at Los Banos, Philipine, 12 -13 November 2016. In addition, one research by IT Del’s high school students namely ‘Micro-Aerobic Fermentation In Space With Micro Gravity’ successfully escaped on the ISS project. Their research result, was launched into space on March 23, 2016 , Using Atlas 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.
Indonesia actively takes part in SGAC activities by sending the delegations to APSGW 1-3 and Space Generation Congress. Hagorly M. Hutasuhut won gold medal for Hermann Oberth Award Undergraduate Student Paper. He presented technical papers on Space Sciences, Industry and Technology in International Astronautical Congress 2012, Naples, Italy, organized by International Astronautical Federation (IAF).
In the event of natural phenomena of total solar eclipse, dated March 9, 2016, Indonesia became the only country whose mainland most crossed the path of total solar eclipse. It was used to organize activities such as teaching children to make eyeglasses or sun binoculars, educating local students about a total solar eclipse, solar observation with LAPAN researchers, and the Amateur Astronomy Communities in 9 of total solar eclipse location which involved many young people.
Menembus Langit Campaign is also a parameter of interest of Indonesia’s young generation. On this expedition, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) Ai-X1 is flown by a weather balloon into the stratosphere and will return to the starting point automatically. The Ai-X1 UAV is equipped with a meteorological sensor to collect atmospheric data. Meteorological data and aviation research reports will be processed and will be distributed to Universities in Indonesia. Moreover, as a national space agency, LAPAN also attracted several universities to develop satellite research and development, such as ITB, IPB, Surya University, Telkom University.
Regarding the space business activities in Indonesia, only few have started to pursue the space business domains. In fact, following Working Group 2 in Asia Pacific Space Generation, the idea of space business incubator in Indonesia has never been setup. However, a space-based startup has been accepted to provide the Grant Programme of Technology Business Incubation 2015 of Ministry of Research and Technology (RISTEK-DIKTI) as the implementation of triple helix concept in Indonesia. The two-year program has been started to support young entrepreneurs not only financially but also train in business knowledge. After finishing the program, the startups are prepared to ready enter the market.
Country-Specific Events in 2017
August 21-24: Komurindo and Kombat, at LAPAN Facilities in Pameungpeuk – The implementation of the Indonesian Rocket and Payload Rocket Competition (Komurindo) and the Atmospheric Balloon Payload Competition (Kombat) is the annual national competition for rocket and rocket-level EDF rocket designs organized since 2009.
September 27-29: International Seminar Aerospace and Science Technology 2017 / V, North Sumatra – The international seminar is the continuation of ISAST series, which has been held by LAPAN since 2013, about the results of research and development the aerospace science and technology conducted in LAPAN and its partners in Indonesia.
Water Rocket Competition: Water rocket competition is a Prestigious competition level in Jakarta and its neighborhood areas, for Junior High School students aged 13-16 years. There is also a water rocket workshop. This activity is intended for students, for science experiments enthusiast of Primary-Senior High School students, for instance Astronomy field.
October: The Space Science Festival, for kindergarten pupils to high school students, is organized by LAPAN. This event will be held in LAPAN Bandung in October 2017.
Star Party is routinely performed by some Indonesian amateur astronomy societies. This activity will be conducted for children, to recognize and observe stars at night by using star binoculars.
Interesting Web Links for the Young Generation in Indonesia
Groups, People, Institutions
Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN)
Indonesian Nano-Satellite Platform Initiative for Research & Education (INSPIRE)
Planetarium & Observatorium Jakarta
Bosscha Obeservatory –ITB
Pusat Peragaan IPTEK-TMII
Aeronautics and Astronautics Studies-ITB
Program Studi Teknik Telekomunikasi
ITB satellite research activities
Lab Telkom University
Several other universities offer programs in aerospace engineering or aeronautics