Jakarta: Indonesia has made a big offer to Tesla Company Chief Elon Musk. According to the news published in our partner website WION, the country’s government has offered to choose Papua Island for the possible launch site of Musk’s SpaceX. However, Papua locals are not at all happy with the decision. He says that this will spoil the ecosystem here. After this, they will be forced to leave their house under compulsion. At the same time, these people have told the Kharbapati businessman Musk that he is not ready to welcome his company on his land.
Emphasis on long term planning
In December 2020, President Joko Widodo offered Musk the use of this small island in Biak, Papua. At the same time, in November 2020, during a conversation with Reuters, Widodo revealed its long term planning for Indonesia. Then he took over the country’s Nickel Reserves and said, “These reserves are important for the country, we want to make Indonesia the largest producer of lithium batteries.”
At the same time, according to many reports, there was a discussion on developing a spaceport for the manufacture of EVs in the country after consultation with the Papua government and local communities.
Cause for protest
Some people in Papua are angry with the President’s decision. He says that deforestation will increase here to make SpaceX’s launchpad. The Indonesian military’s presence for security will increase and thus the future of the island will be threatened. In fact, Russia’s space agency, Rososmos, also reportedly wants to work on a rocket project around here.
Musk’s new preparation
Actually by the year 2024, the work of the launch site of SpaceX is expected to be completed. In fact, Musk plans to launch 12,000 new satellites by the year 2026 to provide cheaper high-speed internet through the internet service Starlink. A few days ago, a SpaceX rocket exploded after landing, this was the company’s third consecutive failure. Significantly, Indonesia gained control of this province in the year 1969.
(From input agencies)