Thursday, June 28, 2012

Indonesian Works Satellite Ready for Disaster Detection



National Aeronautics and Space Institute (Lapan) will soon launch two new satellites. Both are useful for assisting natural disaster management in Indonesia.


Deputy of Aerospace Technology, Soewarto Hardhienata, said that the two satellites to be launched are the Lapan A 2 and Lapan A 3 satellites. Each has advantages in long distance observations. This satellite can provide early warning when there is a disaster.
"Each satellite has a different mission. In addition to communication, it also helps to deal with natural disasters," he said after giving material to the workshop participants ASEAN Cooperation Project on Utilization Space Based Technologies for Disaster Risk Management which took place at Hotel Salak, Bogor on Tuesday June 26, 2012.

According to Soewarto, the two satellites to be launched are the work of the Indonesian nation

"Therefore, we ask for support from the Indonesian people in making these two satellites," he said.

Eight hosted the maintenance Regional Workshop ASEAN Cooperation Project on Utilization Space Based Technologies for Disaster Risk Management. Workshop this was attended by representatives of the space and disaster management institutions from Thailand, Cambodia, Myanmar, Laos, Brunei, Vietnam and Indonesia. According to the head of Lapan, Taufik Maulana, all gathered to discuss the handling of space science-based disaster.


Based on data obtained by Agus Wibowo as the National Disaster Management Agency (BPBD), disasters that often occur in Indonesia are hydromological disasters, floods and tornadoes.

"But, the three disasters did not take casualties, only material matter. Meanwhile, those who lost their lives were tsunamis and earthquakes," Agus told reporters.

According to Agus, Indonesia's territory is prone to natural disasters, namely Java, Sumatra and Sulawesi. For the Regency level, the most vulnerable area is Kebumen, Central Java.


VN/The Truth Seeker Media

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