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Indonesian locals upset by government’s offer to SpaceX to build a launchpad on Biak Island

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The Indonesian government has offered Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, to build a rocket launch site on the island of Biak in December 2020.

Residents from the small island told Elon Musk that his company is not welcome on their island on Tuesday.

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Biak Island, Indonesia

Biak is a beautiful island located in Cenderawasih Bay near the northern coast of Papua, one of the Indonesian provinces, populated by 112,000 people.

The island is located 1 degree below the equator, making it ideal for satellites launching, which less fuel will be required to reach orbit.

Roscosmos, Russia’s space agency, Roscosmos, also interested to develop a rocket launch site on the island by 2024.

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However, Papuans and environmental experts fear such a site will damage the island’s ecosystem.

SpaceX & the Indonesian government have not announced anything concrete yet up to the date.

Wilfred Tan
Former journalist cum editor. I lead the content creation process at News Asia Today. From the awesome country of Malaysia.