Satellite Lapan A3/IPB Will Launch for Utilizing of Food Security and Environmental Monitoring

Indonesia - The result of The 2nd International Symposium on LAPAN-IPB Satellite for Food Security and Environmental Monitoring that was held on 17-18 November 2015 at the IPB International Convention Center (IICC) Bogor will be followed up by launching satellite Lapan A3/IPB on June 2016 in India.

One of the function of satellite that was jointly established between IPB and Lembaga Penerbangan dan Antariksa Nasional (LAPAN the Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space) is for the utilization of satellite Lapan-IPB (Lysates) in for food security and environmental monitoring.

Every year, the rice import policy disputes. the extent of harvest area is often reduced annually. By satellite imagery, harvest areas and land productivities range can be calculated more accurately. Satellite data can help overcome spatial and temporal scaling issues that challenge simulation and experiment based analysis of yield gaps.

Vice Rector for Business and Facilities of IPB, Dr. Arif Imam Suroso,  in his opening remarks stated, "Development of LAPAN-IPB satellite is very important instrument to support the national food security program. As an initial step, Lysates satellite will be used to provide satellite information related to monitoring of seasonal agricultural land, especially for rice production, which is focused on the acquisition of the crops or to predict the best planting season. However, these satellites are developed not only for agricultural purposes, but also for maritime and fisheries, forestry and climate as stated in the 2014-2018 IPB Strategic Plan. The availability of data from the LAPAN-IPB Satellite are believed to give a huge impact in the development of human resources in Indonesia and scientific development of remote sensing in Indonesia ".

The Head of LAPAN, Prof.Dr. Thomas Jamaladin, stated that sensors will be installed in the lysate Satellite will be capable to provide baseline data for monitoring seasonal agricultural land, especially paddy, which is focused on the acquisition of information about the various phases of growth and estimate rice area to be harvested or the beginning of the growing season. "Satellite Lysates or A3 satellite will be launched in mid 2016," he said.