Jakarta: The National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN) will join hands with Papua's Cenderawasih University to coin an analytical review on environmental impact (amdal) for plans to build the country's first spaceport in Biak Numfor Regency.
"For the environmental impact analysis, we will be working with Cenderawasih University as a higher education institution," LAPAN Head Thomas Djamaluddin told ANTARA on Friday, November 15, 2019.
In addition, LAPAN will also involve provincial and district governments to devise the review for plans to build a spaceport in the regency.
"The review is expected to be completed in the next year, so it can serve as the basis for the planning," the LAPAN leader stated.
"We have spoken about the big picture. The cooperation agreement will come next year," the official noted.
According to him, A large-scale spaceport will be built through international cooperation for national and international rocket launches, with varying classifications.
The agency is targeting the spaceport on Biak Island to become operational before 2024 at least to test out double decked rocket being developed by LAPAN's Rocket Technology Center.
Biak Island was picked as the location for a spaceport, as it lies in proximity to the equator and the eastern part of the island directly faces the Pacific Ocean, deemed ideal for rocket launches. (Antara)