A missile team from Aeronautics research group UGM succeeded to perform flight test of their first missile generation on Saturday (11/11). The flight test was held at the airfield which is managed by Indonesian Air Force in Gading, Wonosari, Yogyakarta by collaborating with Adisujtipto Airport. The sunny weather and the intermediate wind speed in the morning supported the missile flight test.
The missile research done by UGM which is named as PASOPATI will be finished within three years. The research which is led by Dr. Gesang Nugroho obtains funding from Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education. This first year, the research is focused on the missile design and manufacture with the mileage of 30 until 50 km. Its mileage and accuracy will keep being increased until the third year with a target of 100 km.
“This first missile is designed to be able to perform a target attack mission or an immobile target with a low flight, thus it would not be detected by radar,” said Gesang on Sunday (12/11).
Pasopati missile developed by Gesang and his team has several data which are using Electric Ducted Fan (EDF) as the electric driver, the mileage of 30 – 50 km, speed of 100-200 km/hour, and being able to bring 2 kg payload. Meanwhile, its design has finished the Design Requirement and Objective (DRO), Conceptual Design, Preliminary Design, and Detail Design.
This first Pasopati missile has a length of 170 cm, the diameter of 17 cm, and weight of 0.9 kg. Electric Ducted Fan (EDF) is chosen due to its characteristics that are similar to the turbojet, however, it has another advantage which is easy to be controlled. In addition, the EDF utilization in the initial stage aims to obtain the controlling data for the next development. The missile team consists of M. Agung Bramantya, Ph.D., Iswandi, M.Eng., and Isnan Nur Rifai, M.Eng.
According to M. Agung Bramantya. Ph.D. who leads the flight test in Gading Airport, the result of the test shows Pasopati missile succeeds to take off and fly, finish the mission autonomously at the altitude of 100 m where its maximum speed is 130 km/hour and it spends 3 minutes to go through a distance of 5 km.
“In the near future, we will add its mileage using a turbojet driver, testing its maximum jet, increasing its accuracy, and making a more efficient system,” said Agung.
Agung and his team performed the flight test with his four students, they are Ivan, Ghani, Yosua, and Andika.
Agung said this missile research is a strategic thing which has to be mastered by a nation. UGM researchers who consist of the lecturers and students from various faculties have started and succeeded in performing flight test for the first Pasopati missile generation. Aside from making proud of UGM, it also provides new challenges and opportunities for its development. The Aeronautics research group UGM gives a broader opportunity to cooperate in developing research and technology in the aerospace sector. The spirit of heroism by the academic community is manifested in the form of research projects that are beneficial for the nation and the community.