UGM Gama Sat 1 team wins the best design category in Indonesia Payload Rocket Competition (Komurindo) 2011 held in Bantul, 25-27 June 2011. Gama-Sat 1 team consists of three students from the UGM Department of Electrical Engineering and Mechanical Engineering, namely Luiz Rizki Ramelan, Bashar Fahmi, and Hari Maghfiroh, with the supervisor Eka Firmansyah, S.T, M. Eng., Ph.D.
The winners of the Komurindo 2011 were announced by jury representatives of the Komurindo 2011, Dr. Ir. Endra Pitowarno, in Parasamya Complex, Bantul regency, Monday (27/6) afternoon. Attending the closing ceremony and announcement are the Director of Research and Community Service of Higher Education, Prof. Dr. Ir. Suryo Hapsoro Tri Utomo, UGM Director of Student Affairs, Drs. Haryanto, M.Si., Secretary of Bantul Regency, Drs. Riyantono, M.Si., and representatives from the AAU(Air Force Academy) and Institute of Aeronautics and Space Agency (Lapan).
Apart from Gama-Sat 1, Mata Dewa of State University of Surabaya is elected as the most favorite participant. Meanwhile, Electron Legacy from ITB wins the best creativity category. All three teams are entitled to trophies and plaques as well as cash assistance amounting to two million Rupiah.
In complete review, the teams that won in Komurindo 2011 are EEPISky G-02 of the Electronic State Polytechnic of Surabaya (PENS) as the first champion, Eagle One from Bandung State Polytechnic as the second champion, and Starpens-01 of the PENS the third place. Next, the first promising champion is achieved by RTS-X2 from the Indonesia Computer University of Bandung; the second is Barelang Sky-01 of Batam State Polytechnic, and the third MDP Ring of STMIK MDP of Palembang.
In the Komurindo, the first champion is entitled to 10 million rupiah of cash assistance, while the second and third champions respectively are entitled to 8 million and 6 million rupiah cash assistance. For the promising champions, the winner gets cash assistance of 4 million rupiah. Awards for winners are given by Prof. Dr. Ir. Suryo Hapsoro Tri Utomo.
In his speech, Suryo Hapsoro hopes that through Komurindo 2011 students can learn to formulate and seek solutions to problems encountered during the competition and when they are actually involved in the community and work. "Yes, this is what life really is. There are issues that we should find solutions together and collectively,” Suryo said.
Suryo reminded the students about the three pillars to resolve the problems, i.e., resource sharing, process integration, and utilization of information technology. By synergizing these three pillars, a work of the nation that is beneficial to the progress and prosperity of the nation will be produced. "We are hopeful for better and beneficial results to the progress of Indonesia," he said.
Earlier, Committee Chairman of the Komurindo 2011, Dr. Agfianto Eko Putra, M.Si., described the participants of Komurindo 2011 had been through a quite long process, starting from the proposals selection, functional testing and payload integration, payload flight test, to the presentation of flight test data results. Of the 40 teams, 23 teams passed the functional test and the 21 team successfully launched a rocket on Sunday (26/6) in Pandansimo Beach, Bantul. "Yesterday, two teams withdrew. Hopefully, we can improve this competition in the future, "said Agfianto.
Komurindo 2011 has been held four times in Bantul. This competition aims to prepare the potential students with an interest in aerospace technology, particularly rocketry, through the means of space education. It is also to increase general public’s enthusiasm for the aviation towards independence of Indonesia in the field of rocketry technology. The event was organized by the Directorate General of Higher Education’s DP2M in cooperation with UGM, Institute of Aeronautics and Space Agency (Lapan), Bantul regency and the AAU.