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The Philippines' DIWATA-1 satellite is deployed from the International Space Station, April 27, 2016 (NASA photo).

Will a Space Agency Jump-Start the Philippines’ Space Program?

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016

Editor’s note: This article is part of an ongoing WPR series on a range of countries’ space priorities and programs.

Last week, two bills were introduced in the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives that would establish a space development program and a Philippine Space Agency. The legislation has been well received, but it is unknown when lawmakers will vote on the bills. In an email interview, Rogel Mari Sese, a program leader at the National SPACE Development Program, the government agency working to establish a space agency, discusses the Philippines’ space program. ...

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