The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MoC) with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to enhance their partnership in space science and space exploration with the signing of a memorandum of cooperation (MOC) on Saturday, June 12.
These areas for cooperation include space applications, satellite development, space environment utilization, capacity building for space-related technology development, space policy and legislation, space science and space exploration, and promotion of the space industry.
“We bring to this cooperation our people and their experience from the Diwata and Maya satellites, along with our investments in ground infrastructure and capabilities for processing and analyzing space-borne data. Together, we will create even more value from these activities and cascade them further to society,” Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) Director General Joel Joseph Marciano Jr. Said.
Marciano stated that with the signing of the MoC, the country hopes to expand opportunities for Filipino students to pursue advanced studies at Japanese universities, as well as for Japanese students and researchers to visit Philippine universities for people-to-people exchanges and researcher collaborations.
Philippine Ambassador to Japan Jose Laurel V, who was also present at the ceremony, commended both parties for this achievement, noting that this year also marks the 65th anniversary of Philippine-Japanese relations and the 10th year of both countries’ strategic partnership.
According to JAXA President Yamakawa Hiroshi, the two countries have gained experience in space cooperation through satellite remote sensing applications for disaster risk reduction management, as well as the launch and deployment of Philippine satellites into space.
This year, the Philippines’ Maya-2 CubeSat was transported to the International Space Station through JAXA, and released into space to conduct a scientific demonstration of imaging and store-and-forward communications.
Maya-2 was completed by Filipino engineers in cooperation with the Kyushu Institute of Technology, with funding from the Philippine government through the Department of Science and Technology.