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Indonesia, Japan explore cooperation to develop satellite navigation

Aug 2023 | No Comment

Indonesia’s National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN) and Japan’s National Space Policy Secretariat of the Cabinet Office have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for cooperation to develop and utilize satellite navigation systems and technologies. The LOI was signed in Jakarta and marks the beginning of a potential partnership.

BRIN’s Deputy of Research and Utilization of Innovation, R. Hendrian, stated that satellites and their technologies are crucial for archipelagic states like Indonesia. In terms of cooperation with Japan, BRIN’s Head of Research Organization for Electronics and Informatics, Budi Prawara, mentioned that Japan’s Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) could be utilized.

The QZSS is a highly precise Japanese satellite positioning system that can be used to support the development of autonomous electric vehicles and smart buoys. Prawara emphasized that autonomous vehicles require a navigation system based on the global positioning system (GPS) satellite to navigate safely.

BRIN plans to organize a workshop on satellite navigation systems and technologies, inviting Japanese experts to share their knowledge with participants working on research projects related to building satellite navigation receivers.

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