New Highway at Malang and Solo as captured from the space-based sensor

Sentinel-2 is earth observation satellite own by European Space Agency (ESA) that provides a free dataset for public. This sensor is an optical-based sensor, which is captured the earth surface within the visible light spectrum.

One of the benefits of this data is sustainable monitoring of earth surface transformation could be monitored and mapped clearly since it has 10 meters spatial resolution.

Malang and Solo are two cities located on Java island, these cities have similar characteristics, which is inhabitant are mostly college or university students. They are mostly commuters or people that living in the city. These people are depending on the street infrastructures for their daily activity. Furthermore, the region around Malang and Solo needs to be supported by road infrastructures, since we all know the road will boost the regional economy.

To support the development of region around Malang and Solo, the government is now building the new highway thet connected the Solo City and Semarang City (Fig. 1)

Figure 1. New highway of Solo-Semarang as captured by Sentinel-2 of ESA. Acquisition date October 31, 2017

As shown in Figure 1, the development of new highway is still progressing, and it is planned to be fully operated by 2018.

Malang and Surabaya are already connected by highway, however, it is only to Pandaan gate. From Pandaan gate to Malang, we still need to drive through national road, which needs another one hour to reach Malang City. A new highway is undergoing to connected Pandaan directly to Sawojajar (Malang City). This new highway (Fig. 2) will cut-down the travel time to less then an hour.

Figure 2. New highway of Malang-Pandaan as captured from Sentinel-2 data. Acquisition date is September 18, 2017

These highways are expected to improve the regional economy, not only the huge private company but also the people around the highway. Can the government make it happen? Let’s wait and see.

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