Indonesia's LAPAN Successfully Launches Rocket Into Space

Friday, July 03, 2009

Indonesia's LAPAN Rocket RX-420National Institute of Aeronautics and Space / Lembaga Penerbangan dan Antariksa Nasional (LAPAN) of Indonesia successfully launched a home-grown rocket into space on Thursday 2nd of july 2009 as part of plans to send a satellite into orbit by 2014, officials said.

The RX-420 rocket took off from a launch pad in Garut regency, West Java province, around 8:00am (0100 GMT).

"The RX-420 rocket was successfully launched this morning. We're very happy," Aeronautics and Space Agency spokeswoman Elly Kuntjahyowati said.

RX-420 and RX-320 LAPAN Rocket Launches
Another type of rocket the RX-320 which was successfully tested last year will be combined with the RX-420 to carry a satellite into orbit in 2014, she said.

"We test the rockets one by one," Kuntjahyowati said.
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