The National Aeronautics and Space Agency (LAPAN) conducted a socialization of satellite technology at Syiah Kuala University. Present as speaker Head of Satellite Technology Center LAPAN Mujtahid MT and Head of Program and Facilities LAPAN Abdul Karim, explaining the development of satellite technology in Indonesia. (Thursday, 12/21).
Rector Unsyiah Prof.Dr.Ir. Samsul Rizal M. Eng said, information technology is now much changed when compared with conditions in the 90s or 2000s. It is also strongly associated with the development of satellite technology.
Therefore, Unsyiah as a research-based university would be very open if there are parties who want to establish cooperation for the development of information technology, as has been done by LAPAN so far.
"We are willing if the MoU is necessary. Unsyiah has qualified human resources to support this satellite technology research," said Rector.
Mujtahid MT explains, satellite technology is not only useful for information technology, there are so many potentials that can be developed from this technology. As has been done by the Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB), where satellite technology is used to see the ages of agriculture.
For that reason LAPAN socialize to several Indonesian universities, to open opportunities for cooperation that exists.
"At least there are 4 cooperation things that can be done between LAPAN and University, namely the development of satellite technology, earth station technology, satellite data utilization and human resource capacity improvement," explained Mujtahid.
Abdul Karim revealed that currently LAPAN has orbit three satellites namely LAPAN-A1 on January 10, 1997, LAPAN-A2 on September 28, 2015 and LAPAN-A3 on June 22, 2016. And now, he added, LAPAN is developing the fourth satellite that is LAPAN-A4.
"The three satellites that we have launched are the original products of Indonesian students and they have the main mission of earth observation, ship monitoring, amateur communication," he said.
Present in this socialization were Vice Rector IV Unsyiah Dr. Nazamuddin MA. Head of Unsyiah Academic Bureau Ir. Uzair M.P. Chairman of the Institute for Educational Development and Quality Assurance Prof.Dr.Ir. Marwan. Head of Information and Communication Technology (ICT). Taufik Fuadi Abidin, S. Si., M.Tech and several Deans of Unsyiah.