The Philippines should be a satellite connectivity showcase, but it’s not. New PhilSA agency hopes to change that

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The year-old Philippines Space Agency, PhilSA, has set its sights on ultimately having a national telecommunications satellite, perhaps in a capacity-sharing deal with another regional operator, and an Earth observation satellite to reduce its reliance on foreign imagery suppliers.

If this happens it will represent a remarkable turnaround for a nation that, on paper, just nearly as purpose-built for satellite service as its neighbor, Indonesia — an archipelago of some 7,600 islands and a population of 109.6 million.

But in a region . . .

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