Filipino scientists and engineers coming to Japan to refine satellite-making skills

“In a couple of weeks, we have 16 engineers and scientists going to Japan,” Department of Science and Technology Secretary Mario Montejo said to the STAR during the National Science and Technology Week held at the SMX Convention Center.

Montejo said that these scientist and engineers, mostly from University of the Philippines, will come to Japan to further upgrade knowledge to design and develop mini-satellites.

It was reported in June that Rowena Cristina Guevara, executive director of Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of DOST is seeking for Congress to approve a law to allow the creation of space agency in the country.

“We can use the mini-satellite for our Light Ranging and Detection (LiDAR) mapping,” Guevara said. “We were recognized because we are the only non-first world country that is doing LiDAR mapping on our own. Other countries outsource this because they don’t have the capability.” LiDAR mapping is used to identify hazard zones.

It is expected that Philippines will send a homemade satellite to space by 2016, for the country to have its own “eye in the sky”.

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