August 31, 2018

France-Indonesia space cooperation - CNES presents advances on Space Climate Observatory to LAPAN and BMKG

Friday 31 August, CNES President Jean-Yves Le Gall was in Jakarta to meet Thomas Djamaluddin, Chairman of LAPAN, the Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space, and Mulyono R. Prabowo, Deputy Director General of BMKG, the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics. The objective of these meetings was to step up the longstanding dialogue with these key partners in order to advance current areas of cooperation, particularly in the field of climate actions.

In 2017, CNES and LAPAN signed a five-year framework cooperation agreement to give new momentum to space cooperation between the two nations. The two agency heads hailed the efforts accomplished under this agreement in the field of concurrent engineering, notably the supply by CNES of its Integrated Design Model (IDM) software and associated training. Discussions with BMKG focused chiefly on the status of Indonesia’s Maritime Meteorological System (MMS).

CNES’s President underlined the industry expertise supported by CNES from which Indonesia can benefit in the domain of environmental and climate monitoring: that of CLS, a world leader in satellite-based location and environmental data collection services, ocean and surface water observation, and land and maritime surveillance, which is well established in the country; and that of Nexeya, a specialist in nanosatellites that is already working on two Indonesian projects.

Jean-Yves Le Gall also discussed with CNES’s Indonesian partners the agency’s commitment and that of numerous international partners to tackling climate change, and the launch in December last year of the Space Climate Observatory (SCO) at the One Planet Summit. The SCO is an international initiative combining satellite and in-situ data with modelling capabilities to better understand and gauge the impacts of climate change globally and locally, with a view to informing decisions and mitigation and coping strategies.

At the end of his visit, Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “The tragedy that hit the island of Lombok this summer showed, with the activation of the International Charter on Space and Major Disasters, just how vital space technologies are. With its 13,000 islands, the Indonesian archipelago is on the front line of climate change and I look forward to us working together through the Space Climate Observatory, as we shall see at the meeting we will be organizing at the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) in Bremen early in October.”

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