The National Space Promotion, Awareness, and Capabilities Enhancement (SPACE) Development Program (NSDP) was created in September 2015 through the initiative of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) as an interim development program to establish the necessary groundwork and foundation prior to the creation of the country’s National Space Agency.
It aims to sustain the recent activities pushing for national space development through several component projects. By addressing these issues in the early stages, it creates an appropriate and thriving environment even before the creation of the agency, thereby ensuring its ability to perform its mandates and responsibilities.
The following are the objectives of the National SPACE Development Program:
- Identify the vital research areas and create a National Space Research and Development Agenda to map out the priority areas in space science and technology in line with the National Space Development and Utilization Policy;
- Establish a Satellite Development Roadmap to identify the future satellite requirements of the Philippines from nano-satellites to geosynchronous satellites for the next 15 years;
- Establish a Space Industry Development Roadmap that will identify the necessary infrastructure for a sustainable space economy;
- Create the National Satellite Data Sharing and Management Protocol to harmonize the different satellite data projects and capabilities of different government agencies and universities and create the optimum configuration for data sharing and redundancy of future data centers;
- Create a Philippine Satellite Data Catalog in aid of satellite data access and sharing among stakeholders;
- Forge stronger ties with international organizations that will lead to collaboration along priority areas in space research, technology development, applications, industry development, education, and awareness;
- Ensure international and regional membership and enable active participation in major space-related organizations and events;
- Determine how current space-related programs and projects such as the PHL-MICROSAT (DIWATA) and Philippine Earth Data Resource and Observation (PEDRO) will be integrated into the future space agency;
- Establish the initial operational framework in the academe, government, industry and defense sectors for the future space agency;
The objectives provide the necessary groundwork for the Space Agency, thereby making its first few years of operation to be less problematic and more focused on actual implementation. The program is also tasked to identify potential gaps and address them in the early stages, hence reducing the potential cost in terms of time, manpower, risks, and resources. As a bridging program, the National SPACE Development Program will jumpstart the progress of space development in the Philippines, opening the numerous possibilities for R&D, education, national security, and development.