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Philippine Space Agency in the works
« on: January 07, 2007, 11:11:24 AM »
http://www.philstar.com/philstar/news200701086601.htm

Move over, NASA, here comes PASA
By Helen Flores
The Philippine Star 01/08/2007

A retiring government scientist dreams of creating the Philippines’ first aeronautics and space agency that would bring much progress to Filipinos through science and technology.

Space science chief Bernardo Soriano of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the proposed Philippine Aeronautics and Space Administration (PASA) would be similar to the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the acknowledged world leader in aeronautics and space exploration.

"PASA will be like US’ NASA. It will lead us to rapid progress in S&T and thus economic prosperity like the developed nations," he told The STAR.

NASA, which is based in Washington, leads in pioneering the future in space exploration, scientific discovery, and aeronautics research. US President Dwight Eisenhower established NASA in 1958, partially in response to the Soviet Union’s launch of the first artificial satellite.

He said by undertaking a space program, Filipinos’ knowledge in many fields like physics, chemistry and electronics would be enhanced.

"Given the right support from the government, Filipino scientists will stand out from the rest of the world," he said.

The 64-year-old Soriano, who will be retiring in May 2008, said a partnership between the government and private sector is needed to create PASA as it would cost billions of pesos in investments.

He said a group of Filipino amateur astronomers founded in 2003 the Astronomical League of the Philippines Inc. (ALP) which aims "to cater (to) the needs of dedicated amateur astronomers whose main objective was to concentrate more on the practical side of amateur astronomy such as observational and imaging techniques."

Last year, a Filipino astronomer Christopher Go of Cebu discovered the Red Spot Junior on the planet Jupiter.

Go, a 1991 Physics graduate of the University of San Carlos and an avid observer of Jupiter, discovered that the brown spot on the planet, which was previously white in color, had turned brick red.

Reports said that Go’s observation, which was reported to the Jupiter Section of the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers, has sparked renewed interest in the planet.

Soriano said Filipinos showing much interest in space exploration, was a sign that the country could also have its own organization that would support local astronomers in achieving their dreams of finding what lies beyond the Earth’s atmosphere.

Soriano has served Pagasa for 43 years, where he started as a communication officer. He is an Electronics Engineer graduate of the Far Eastern Aeronautics School (FEATI University).

Asked what was his greatest contribution to the agency, Soriano said he is proud of having a direct hand in its capacity building by writing its scholarship program and chairing its personnel development committee from 1989 to 2003.

"The best thing that happened to me in Pagasa is the realization that I contributed in improving its capacity which is now evident in its products and services. Best experience is exceeding all my dreams," he said.
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Re: Philippine Space Agency in the works
« Reply #1 on: January 07, 2007, 11:04:51 PM »
i hope these would come true
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Re: Philippine Space Agency in the works
« Reply #2 on: January 08, 2007, 11:40:32 AM »
oy ok to ah!  :thumbsup:!
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Re: Philippine Space Agency in the works
« Reply #3 on: July 17, 2010, 12:44:33 AM »
Here's another one: http://mb.com.ph/articles/201733/space-program-help-country-astronomer

Medyo luma na yung article, pero ok pa din.  It all starts with a dream.   :angel:



Space program to help country — astronomer
By MADEL R. SABATER
April 7, 2009, 8:27pm

Expensive as it may seem, a Philippine space program may just be one of the solutions to uplift the country’s economy and prevent local scientists from looking for greener pastures abroad.

In an interview with reporters, Dr. Armando Lee, national organizer of the Sidewalk Astronomers of the Philippines during the 100 Hours of Astronomy and Astronomical League of the Philippines committee chair, said the country has to use its natural and human resources to improve the economy and a big space program may be one good avenue.

Dr. Lee is also the first Master of Science (MS) degree holder in Astronomy here in the country, graduating from the Rizal Technological University (RTU) in March this year. RTU is currently the only university here that offers a BS Astronomy Technology, an MS in Astronomy, and a diploma course in Astronomy.

“Astronomy might provide industries in the future,” he said, adding that with a space program in place, science professionals like physicists, engineers, doctors and nurses would not have to seek greener pastures abroad. The country has been losing its S & T professionals to other countries due to bigger benefits and higher salary.

“That is what the government is missing. We need to use our natural resources and human resources because that is one industry that can improve the economy,” he said.
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Re: Philippine Space Agency in the works
« Reply #4 on: July 17, 2010, 06:04:38 AM »
We need many Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineers. The sad thing walang offered course na Astronautical dito sa Pinas.

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Re: Philippine Space Agency in the works
« Reply #5 on: July 17, 2010, 06:15:01 AM »
A bit OT:

I have a question that I haven't got an answer yet since my elementary days :bash: :

 If an American spaceman is called "Astronaut", and if a Russian a "Cosmonaut", what do you call a Pinoy spaceman?
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Re: Philippine Space Agency in the works
« Reply #6 on: July 17, 2010, 06:30:37 AM »
Eh di Coconaut!!! :lol: :afro: :bravo: :beer:

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Re: Philippine Space Agency in the works
« Reply #7 on: July 17, 2010, 08:36:57 AM »
the order of this thread is just right......
it got me all seriously fired up......
followed by legitemate comments and questions......
then BOOM!!!! I Loled real hard!
Har.. har.. har.. a coconaut!??? :lol:
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Re: Philippine Space Agency in the works
« Reply #8 on: July 17, 2010, 09:51:07 AM »
pwede ring peanaut
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« Reply #9 on: July 17, 2010, 10:07:44 AM »
Hmm... serious naman guys.  I was thinking, what if we have one area designated as a reserve already for a future space port? 

Say for example in Bicol or Davao, and invite the Japanese, Russians, or Koreans to develop the place as their space agencies' launch pad.  I mean, launching nearer to the equator is more cost efficient then from their latitudes.

Who knows, this could be the start of ASEAN's space development hub? 
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Re: Philippine Space Agency in the works
« Reply #10 on: July 17, 2010, 10:48:10 AM »
arent launch pads usually built on wide dry type of area for some reason? Philippines is too humid and wet most of the year....
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Re: Philippine Space Agency in the works
« Reply #11 on: July 17, 2010, 11:25:18 AM »
Hmm... serious naman guys.  I was thinking, what if we have one area designated as a reserve already for a future space port? 

Say for example in Bicol or Davao, and invite the Japanese, Russians, or Koreans to develop the place as their space agencies' launch pad.  I mean, launching nearer to the equator is more cost efficient then from their latitudes.

Who knows, this could be the start of ASEAN's space development hub? 

Okay this time i will be serous with this subject. Kasalanan kasi ni hmcsnipe kaya di ko mapigil ang sarili ko to answer his question per it rhymes di ba? natawa pa nga kayo eh. Going back to the subject matter, i have no objection of putting up a PASA similar to the NASA of the USA in our country that is good for us. China and India have started their space development program. However, one thing is bugging my mind. Where do we get the funding for this PASA? i asked this because if we are to make it similar with the one in NASA, we are behind by 50 years in technology. Assuming we have enough funds to put up our own Space Development Program. We have to overhaul our current educational program. We lack funding also for R&D. In my opinion, let us solve first the problem of our economy and everything will follow.

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Re: Philippine Space Agency in the works
« Reply #12 on: July 17, 2010, 04:27:40 PM »
^^ damn right, sir s_f ( xenxia na sa tanong ko ha.. hehe :lol: )..

anyway, at our current situation it's an obvious knowledge that we don't have any space research facilities yet, not to mention that we are just making do of PAGASA's meager resources..

launch pads and facilities? it really needs a humongous chunk of land, surface and underground, AFAIK.. For what? a place to build the rocket engines and spacecrafts, transport facilities, testing facilities, and stuff.. It'll also eat up a huge part of produced electricity, so by then we should have a nuke power plant already to sustain its power necessities. I am also thinking of launch facilities ala ICBM silo style (launched from a hole on the ground) to preserve the surface and for national security issues..


just my two dimes


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I was thinking of "PA-naut" :lol:
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Re: Philippine Space Agency in the works
« Reply #13 on: July 17, 2010, 09:11:32 PM »
Okay lang yun Sir HMCSNIPE and you don't have to ask for an apology. We don't have to be serious always. With what you have just said about the plan of having a PASA. Madaming katakot-takot na planning and funding yan and gaya ng sabi ko, if we proceed with that assuming we have the funds, we will overhaul the whole educational sytem of our country starting from elementary to college. Our Universities at present kulang ang R&D kaya mababa ang ranking ng mga UNIVERSITIES natin sa buong Asia. Talo pa nga tayo ng Bangladesh sa ranking. And it will take time to make a pool of talented professionals who are willing to stay and dedicated to work with the space development program. Probably mga 40 years to a create a pool of super human. This includes the location also, saan natin ikakabit yung testing facilities niya? gaya ng sabi mo. As i have said before, unahin muna natin economy natin and everything will follow. I for one would like the space development program to materialize because it will be a learning experience sa marami. Pero we have to face the truth we need huge, huge piles of Benjamins.

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Re: Philippine Space Agency in the works
« Reply #14 on: July 17, 2010, 10:20:35 PM »
Awesome. I hope they get it going little by little.
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