student-made nano-satellite will be launched in Indonesia in 2012, because the discussion antarmahasiswa UGM, ITB, ITS, UI, and PENS ITS Indonesia as well as students abroad have already started.

“Starting this year (2009), we conducted a series of meetings with students from various campuses,” said researchers from Indonesia at the TU Delft the Netherlands, Dedy HBWicaksono, PhD., At Surabaya on Monday.

On the sidelines of INSPIRE Workshop (Indonesian Satellite Platform Nano Initiative for Research & Education) in the PENS ITS, he said the meeting would continue with an intensive research in the Netherlands or in Indonesia.

“INSPIRE is a forum antarmahasiswa meetings with various stakeholders from government and research institutions to encourage the mastery of satellite technology since the students,” he said.

Engineering Physics alumni ITB Bandung (S1) in the year 1934-1998 was declared Indonesia desperately need satellites to map forest, fisheries, natural disasters, islands, marine crime, and so on.

“We already have the Palapa and he was already 30 years. The technology created abroad, so that foreign exchange will be sucked out and we ended up not having independence, “said the alumnus of the Tokyo University of Technology (S2) it.
According to an alumnus of TU Delft Netherlands (S3), the large satellite that requires an expensive fund hundreds of billions or even trillions, but the nano-satellite is only about 5 billion and a mini satellite will last for a period of three years.

“Not only cheap, but it is actually nano-satellites can be mastered with ease, let alone in it is there is an element of education, aspects of technology applications, and cross-scientific research such as telecommunications, electronics, solar energy, and so forth,” he said.

Therefore, the originator of INSPIRE, the lecturers can encourage students to formulate telecommunications during this final assignment (TA) on telecommunications devices such as mobile (HP), but now can direct the TA in the field of satellites.

“So, the discussion can be carried out in 2009, then in 2010 with intense research, the TU Delft is very happy even if the research can be conducted in the Netherlands, then in 2011 made the preparation and launch in 2012 there,” he said.

Similarly, the Secretary of Communication and Information Minister, Dr. Eng. Son Kuswadi, states fund the manufacture of nano-satellite is only 5 billion and when started with meetings, research, until finally launching nano-satellites, it will need funding of about Rp10 billion.

“The discussion through workshops which involved dozens of students from various universities that we will do two times during the year 2009, including discussions with LAPAN, BPPT, IPTN, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries,” he said.

After that, the lecturer said robotic PENS ITS Surabaya, intensive discussions for applications will be conducted at TU Delft in the Netherlands and Indonesia until the year 2011.

“In 2012 we’ll do the launch, whether the launch will leverage LAPAN similar institutions in Indonesia which already has a rocket launch site or may LAPAN also ready in that year,” he said.

He added that the utilization of nano-satellite will be applied to telecommunications function in time of natural disasters and the prevention of illegal fishing. “In the future, it could be to weather sensors,” he said.