Indonesian space agency LAPAN will develop an Aerospace and Technology Park (ATP), which will facilitate technology transfer from LAPAN to government and private industry.
Under this scheme, LAPAN aims to add a new division to its Space Technology Application Centre (Pusfatekgan), known as Pusispan. Said Head of Pusfatekgan Yuliantini Erowati, “Pusispan will serve as an intermediary between the owners of space technology and its potential users”. Pusispan, which will own the ATP, will be built in LAPAN-owned areas in Jakarta and/or in Ciater, West Java.
Being the first of its kind for LAPAN, the space agency hopes to learn from the experiences of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), Indonesia’s governing body for science and technology with 47 research centres across the country.
Said Prof. Dr. Thomas Djamaluddin, Head of LAPAN, “We hope that we can learn from LIPI, in terms of how to utilize our R&D and patents in ways that will benefit society. This way, LAPAN engineers and researchers no longer have to promote their own products, as they will come under Pusispan.”
Prof. Djamaluddin sees the ATP as a step to achieving LAPAN’s vision of using the space for national development and self-sufficiency. According to him, the ATP will aim to exhibit competency in R&D, as well as be effective in disseminating products whose impacts can be felt by the general public.