Exploration of the solar system for the Philippines is not as farfetched as many might think. There have been steps made that lead to the reality of a space program in the Philippines. Imagine the doors this would open not just in terms of discovery. The future with a space programs brings to mind so many possibilities in terms of foreign investments. There are also possibilities of international partnerships and relationships that can be built. Most importantly it raises the overall morale of the country and its people, it is a statement that can change the perspective of everyone about the country and its people.
Steps Have Already Been Made
The Filipino people have already made steps that signify that having a space program in the Philippines is within the realm of possibilities. Beginning with the case of Chino Roque, who was set to be 1-of-23 other civilians who were screened and chosen to be astronauts. He would be the first Filipino astronaut and it may not be by profession but it does open the minds of younger generations that it is a realistic dream. It also raises hope and optimism in the Filipino people that they may be more qualified than they think to be astronauts.
The Philippines Has Already Launched a Satellite
In March 23, 2016, Diwata-1 was launched into orbit and this is the first micro-satellite launched that is owned by the Philippines. This micro-sat was developed by the combined efforts of the Department of Science and Technology, the University of the Philippines, Tohoku University, and Hokkaido University. This project was mainly headed by Filipino engineers and scientists with the supervision of experts from Japan. The satellite is meant to take and transmit images that reflect climate change and the Philippines’ natural resources and sites. This will help in early recognition of storms and typhoons, which are known to be devastating to the Philippines. The government will also be able to keep an eye on natural resources and agricultural projects, whether there is significant growth and the real-time effects to these natural sites. This will help in planning and reaction to calamities and issues earlier.
This is more than a project though, it is a statement that the Filipino people is ready for the next big step. That Filipino scientists and engineers are more than capable to handle new projects and are just waiting for the support of the Philippine government to back up through capital and budgets. The competency is definitely there, all they need now is the resources to create a consistent program.
Government officials have already taken notice to the importance of a space program to a country, not just in terms of exploration but on a country’s, economic growth, security and overall responses to disasters. Looking forward a space program based on the Philippines and is solely focused on the development of the local space program will improve the standing of the country in comparison to other developing nations. Communications and surveillance are two operations that could greatly improve the country’s recognition, defense and reaction to different situations. This will also open different avenues of relationship opportunities with other nations. Future partnerships, projects and programs can be implemented for a better global space community that focuses on the exploration and dissemination of this information for better decision making.
Space travel may be a way off right now, but the Filipino people are not behind. There has been significant developments going towards that direction though that means that space travel may be far but it is in sight. There are a few more steps to be made and support gathered to make sure the programs stays to course but when the time comes don’t be surprised to see the Philippines as a player for space exploration and travel.
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