Jokowi asks Elon Musk to study Indonesia as venue for SpaceX launch site

Billionaire Elon Musk celebrates the success of the SpaceX launch at the Kennedy Space Center. Credit: NASA. Sketched by the Pan Pacific Agency.

JAKARTA, Dec 12, 2020, Bloomberg. Indonesia invited SpaceX to assess the possibility of setting up a rocket launch site in the country, according to a ministry statement, The Straits Times reported.

President Joko Widodo discussed the idea with SpaceX founder Elon Musk during a phone call on Friday (Dec 11), the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs said in the statement.

Mr Musk intends to send a team to Indonesia in January to study partnership opportunities, it said.

Indonesia is already holding talks with Mr Musk over potential investment in the country, with Tesla Inc looking into the possibility of building a plant in Central Java, Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said in October.

Indonesia, home to some of the world’s largest deposits of copper, nickel and tin, is touting its abundance of the commodities to lure billions of dollars in investment.

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