Indonesia invites Elon Musk to build rocket launch stations for SpaceX

Launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket

Apart from potential plans to invest into an electric vehicle battery production in Indonesia, the Indonesian government has invited US innovator Elon Musk to look into the possibility of setting up a space launch station in Indonesia for his private space firm SpaceX.

“President Joko Widodo invited [Musk] to look into Indonesia as a launching pad for SpaceX,” the ministry said after a video call between Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and Luhut Pandjaitan, coordinating minister for maritime and investment, on December 11.

SpaceX has prior experience working with Indonesia. In 2018, the company launched Telkom Indonesia’s Merah Putih satellite into orbit, using its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Two potential launch sites on Papua or the Maluku islands

Indonesia has several space launch station plans in the pipeline. The National Aeronautics and Space Agency announced last year that it moved forward to build a spaceport in Biak, Papua. The agency together with the Russian Federal Space Agency first worked on the Biak station plan in 2006 to develop it as a commercial launch site.

Biak sits almost exactly on the equator, which helped any rocket launched from the site to gain greater initial velocity, allowing it to carry heavier payloads.

The agency also identified Morotai, an island 920 kilometers northwest of Biak, as an ideal spaceport location. The island has seven runways to support the spaceport logistics. Morotai is also sparsely populated and relatively far from other islands, so the risk of civilian casualties in a potential space rocket crash incident is low.



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Launch of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket Apart from potential plans to invest into an electric vehicle battery production in Indonesia, the Indonesian government has invited US innovator Elon Musk to look into the possibility of setting up a space launch station in Indonesia for his private space firm SpaceX. “President Joko Widodo invited [Musk] to look into Indonesia as a launching pad for SpaceX," the ministry said after a video call between Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and Luhut Pandjaitan, coordinating minister for maritime and investment, on December 11. SpaceX has prior experience working with Indonesia. In 2018, the company launched Telkom...

Launch of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket

Apart from potential plans to invest into an electric vehicle battery production in Indonesia, the Indonesian government has invited US innovator Elon Musk to look into the possibility of setting up a space launch station in Indonesia for his private space firm SpaceX.

“President Joko Widodo invited [Musk] to look into Indonesia as a launching pad for SpaceX,” the ministry said after a video call between Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo and Luhut Pandjaitan, coordinating minister for maritime and investment, on December 11.

SpaceX has prior experience working with Indonesia. In 2018, the company launched Telkom Indonesia’s Merah Putih satellite into orbit, using its Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Two potential launch sites on Papua or the Maluku islands

Indonesia has several space launch station plans in the pipeline. The National Aeronautics and Space Agency announced last year that it moved forward to build a spaceport in Biak, Papua. The agency together with the Russian Federal Space Agency first worked on the Biak station plan in 2006 to develop it as a commercial launch site.

Biak sits almost exactly on the equator, which helped any rocket launched from the site to gain greater initial velocity, allowing it to carry heavier payloads.

The agency also identified Morotai, an island 920 kilometers northwest of Biak, as an ideal spaceport location. The island has seven runways to support the spaceport logistics. Morotai is also sparsely populated and relatively far from other islands, so the risk of civilian casualties in a potential space rocket crash incident is low.



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