Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, and Biak, an island in Indonesia’s Papua province, slated to be home to a launch site against the wishes of its islanders. Photo: TNS, @visitbiak/Instagram
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, and Biak, an island in Indonesia’s Papua province, slated to be home to a launch site against the wishes of its islanders. Photo: TNS, @visitbiak/Instagram
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Indonesia wants Elon Musk to build a ‘space island’ on Biak – but why are Papuan residents against President Joko Widodo’s SpaceX launch pad idea?

  • Musk’s other company Tesla is also discussing investments with Indonesian officials aimed at securing supplies of valuable copper and nickel
  • SpaceX’s Starship and Starlink projects currently use US launch sites, but Russia’s aerospace agency, Roscosmos, is also sizing up a launch pad on Biak island

Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, and Biak, an island in Indonesia’s Papua province, slated to be home to a launch site against the wishes of its islanders. Photo: TNS, @visitbiak/Instagram
Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, and Biak, an island in Indonesia’s Papua province, slated to be home to a launch site against the wishes of its islanders. Photo: TNS, @visitbiak/Instagram
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