Jakarta – BRIN Public Relations. Head of the Aeronautics and Space Research Organization (ORPA) of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Robertus Heru Triharjanto, sets the target that BRIN will soon have very high-resolution remote sensing operational satellites. This was stated during his working visit to BRIN’s Remote Sensing Research Center (Inderaja RC) in Pekayon Jakarta, Monday (21/03).

During the visit, Heru conveyed about the 2022 Work Program and Structure within ORPA. In his presentation, he mentioned four impactful research programs related to stakeholders, namely Aviation Research, Satellite Research, Rocket Research, and Space Research.

“If our proposal is approved, we will have our own VHR Optic Remote Sensing Operational Satellite and Near Equatorial SAR. Thus far we are only users of remote sensing satellite data,” he said.

On this occasion, Heru also presented the Organizational Structure of ORPA and its human resources and the Rumah Program (Program Plan). In the 2022 fiscal year, the ORPA Rumah Program targets the achievement of 200 international publications, 60 intellectual properties, 7 models, 4 industrial product designs, 50 prototypes of aviation and space technology innovations.

Meanwhile Acting Head of Remote Sensing Research Center, Rachmat Arief presented the 2022 Research and Innovation Work Program of the Remote Sensing Research Center. There are three main programs that are being and will be carried out in the 2022 Fiscal Year, namely Remote Sensing Technology, Remote Sensing Data Processing Methods, and Remote Sensing Platform. These three main programs are grouped into 10 Work Breakdown Structures/WBS led by a Group Leader/GL, with 41 titles of research activities.

“We will conduct research with orientation to user needs. So it is global needs such as SDG’s and national needs that drive the direction of our research,” added Rachmat.

He further explained about remote sensing key technology. This technology is a summary from the results of research currently carried out at the Remote Sensing Research Center. This includes the mission requirement for payload, then development of the payload, the earth station acquisition system, pre-processing, software development, radar processing, mosaic and analysis of ready data, spectral characteristics, remote sensing earth engine, technology for recognizing physical features and electromagnetic wave interaction., detection of geobiophysical parameters, development of 2 and 3 dimensional models, and development of classification methods including artificial intelligence.

“This key technology that we have mastered has received third party recognition in terms of various parameters such as international publications, intellectual property rights, prototypes, models and so on. This is not an empty recognition,” he added.

In the discussion session involving experts from within the Remote Sensing Research Center, there were many inputs that could be used as references for future space activities. One of these inputs is with regard to the implementation of Government Regulation Number 11 of 2018 concerning Procedures for Organizing Remote Sensing which is a derivative of Law Number 21 of 2013 concerning Space. These regulations and laws provide for organization of remote sensing from upstream to downstream. This actually has been done by the former National Institute of Aeronautics and Space (LAPAN).

“With the integration of LAPAN into BRIN, it is hoped that remote sensing will be even more optimal, So that we can serve the needs of users that continue to grow,” he concluded. (ngd/ed:jml,drs)