Institute of Aeronautics and Space Agency (Lapan) successfully completed the Satellite Lapan A2 which is the successor of the Satellite Lapan Tubsat. Later, this satellite will carry out the mission earth observation, monitoring of ships and amateur radio communications in the middle of next year.
In addition to having the ability to monitor the Earth’s surface through video survailence A2 added more sensors, the advanced receiver Automatic Identification System (AIS), an amateur radio payload through Posisition Automatic Reporting System (APRS) and analog and digital video cameras are better than Satellite Lapan Tubsat .
Sensor Automatic Identification System (AIS) function to detect ships passing through the waters of Indonesia. This technology is even able to detect potential illegal fishing in Indonesian waters.
The satellite weighs 78 kilograms will be diagonally across parts of Indonesia as much as 14 times a day, with a range of 20-minute turnaround. In orbit AIS, Lapan A2 has a detection radius of over 100 km and has the ability to receive signals from a maximum of 2000 ships in a coverage area.
(The President Post)