Indonesia asks SpaceX to study country as venue for launch site

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Indonesia invited SpaceX to assess the potential of establishing a rocket launch site within the country, in accordance to a ministry assertion.

President Joko Widodo mentioned the concept with SpaceX founder Elon Musk throughout a cellphone name on Friday, the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime and Investment Affairs mentioned within the assertion. Musk intends to ship a workforce to Indonesia in January to study partnership alternatives, it mentioned.

Indonesia is already holding talks with Musk over potential funding within the country, with Tesla Inc. wanting into the potential of constructing a plant in Central Java, Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita mentioned in October. Indonesia, house to among the world’s largest deposits of copper, nickel and tin, is touting its abundance of the commodities to lure billions of {dollars} in funding.

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