Masterplan Gunung Timau National Observatorium Project, Kupang
National Observatory in Mount Timau will be developed to become a symbol of advance technology in space research and the monitoring of celestial objects in Indonesia that can be compared to the national observatory of developed countries in the world. Cross-scientific analysis from Urban and Regional Planning, Architecture, Geological Engineering, Geotechnics, Geodetic Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Meteorology and Astronomy have examined that national observatory can be built at Mount Timau Region. However, the development process needs to go through the strict physical and technological requirements mainly due to the constraints of clay shale as the main structure of the soil layer of Mount Timau. The technical recommendation and guidelines of buildings and structure has been made for the future development of national observatory in this area.
Masterplan Science Center Tilong, Kupang
Masterplan of National Observatory at Mount Timau and Science Center in Tilong, Kupang Regency is a collaboration project between Institut Teknologi Bandung (ITB) and LAPAN, which is supported by the Government of Kupang District and East Nusa Tenggara Province. The Science Center in Tilong will be the Headquarter of Timau National Observatory and it will also have the social and cultural functions and roles. The Kupang District Government will make the Science Center Region as a holistic center for human development as well as a tourism center, education, skills education, and a spiritual center.
The results of the study of cross-scientific analysis in the Science Center Regional Masterplan have shown that this area is feasible and can be built to achieve the development objectives of the Science Center Area. The scientific study of the Masterplan has determined the stages that can be used as references for the development of the Science Center Region which is integrated with the Kupang District RTRW (Rencana Tata Ruang Wilayah) and RPJP (Rencana Pembangunan Jangka Panjang) which are in line with the Long-term Plan of LAPAN. The Regional Masterplan of the Science Center also recommends that the Science Center Region to be designated as a District Strategic Area.