Satellite mini or nano-student-made satellite to be launched in Indonesia in 2012, because the discussion antarmahasiswa UGM, ITB, ITS, UI, and PENS ITS and Indonesian students abroad has begun. "Starting this year (2009), we conducted a series of meetings with students from various campuses," said researchers from Indonesia in the TU Delft the Netherlands, Dedy HB Wicaksono, PhD., At Surabaya, Monday. In between Workshops Inspire (Indonesian Satellite Platform Nano Initiative for Research & Education) in PENS ITS, he said the meeting would continue with an intensive research in the Netherlands or in Indonesia. "Inspire is a forum antarmahasiswa meeting with various stakeholders from government and research institutions to encourage the mastery of satellite technology from the students," he said. Alumnus Teknik Fisika ITB Bandung (S1) in the year 1934-1998 was declared Indonesia desperately need satellites to map forests, fisheries, natural disasters, islands, sea crime, and so on. "We already have the Palapa and age was 30 years. The technology created outside the country, so that foreign exchange will be sucked out and we finally have no
independence," said alumnus of Tokyo University of Technology (S2) it. According to TU Delft alumnus Netherlands (S3), the big satellite requires an expensive fund hundreds of billions or even trillions, but the nano-satellite is only Rp 5 billion range and mini satellites would last for three-year period. "Not only cheap, but nano-satellites that could easily be in our hands, let alone within the existing educational elements, aspects of technology applications, and cross-scientific research such as telecommunications, electronics, solar energy, and so on," he said. Therefore, the originator of the Inspire, the lecturers can encourage students who have been telecommunications formulate final assignment (TA) of telecommunications devices such as mobile (HP), but now can lead TA in the field of satellites. "So, the discussion can be carried out in 2009, then in 2010 with intense research, the TU Delft even very happy if the research can be conducted in the Netherlands, then in 2011 made the preparation and in 2012 was the launch," he said. Likewise, the Secretary of Communication and Information Minister, Dr. Eng. Kuswadi son, said the funds making nano-satellite is only Rp 5 billion and when the meeting began with, research, until finally launching nano-satellites, it will need funding of about Rp10 billion. "The discussion through workshops which involved dozens of students from various universities that we will do two times during the year 2009, including discussions with LAPAN, BPPT, IPTN, Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries," he said. After that, the word robotics professor was PENS ITS Surabaya, intensive discussions will be conducted for the application of the TU Delft in the Netherlands and in Indonesia until the year 2011. "In 2012 we'll do the launch, whether the launch will take advantage of similar institutions in Indonesia LAPAN who already have a rocket launch site or may LAPAN is ready in that year," he said. He added that the use of nano-satellites that will be applied to telecommunications function as natural disasters and the prevention of illegal fishing. "In the future, could also for weather sensors," he said.