“This is toward a larger purpose of achieving orbital launch capability. Indonesia’s space aspirations began in the early 60s with the creation of Lapan and it was one of the first developing nations to have communications satellites launched into space by the US, where they were made.
Still, the East Java rocket test underlined the Indonesian Space Agency was pushing toward the orbital launch goal, even if a five-year timeline was ambitious….
Still, the East Java rocket test underlined Indonesia was pushing toward the orbital launch goal, even if a five-year timeline was ambitious, said Northern Sky Research. “In the grand scheme of rocket development you can think of this as a step in the right direction,”
Following Boeing’s acquisition of Millennium Space Systems in August, all of the leading prime contractors in the manufacturing sector have made a play in the small satellite market. Lockheed Martin’s investment in Terran Orbital, Airbus’s joint venture with OneWeb, Thales Alenia Space’s partnership with Spaceflight Industries, and SSL’s in-house development, among others, have each committed resources to smallsat manufacturing capabilities. With all eyes now turning.