Philippines Reveals Space Technology Ambitions

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law new legislation intended to support the development of space-related science and technologies over the coming decade. The Philippine Space Act was enacted on 8 August but announced by the government on 13 August. The legislation is positioned to boost the Philippines' capabilities in both...

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed into law new legislation intended to support the development of space-related science and technologies over the coming decade.

The Philippine Space Act was enacted on 8 August but announced by the government on 13 August. The legislation is positioned to boost the Philippines' capabilities in both defence and commercial domains.

Under the new legislation - called Republic Act 11363 - the government will establish a Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) and draw up a Philippine Space Policy. PhilSA will be recognised as an executive agency.

According to the government, the space policy will outline a "coherent and unified strategy for space development" intended to enable the Philippines to "keep up with other nations in terms of space science and technology".

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