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If you’ve always wanted to pursue your childhood dream of being an astronaut or at least a profession close to it, you’re in luck.

The University of the Philippines, in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology, is now offering Aerospace Engineering courses.

The courses, which will allow the Filipino youth to explore the space technology and industry, are the result of the DOST Advanced Science and Technology Institute’s Philippine Microsatellite Program that launched Diwata 1 and 2 microsatellites into orbit in 2016 and 2017.

The Stamina 4 Space Program is the continuation of this development of the microsatellite program. Under this program, MAPUA University and Adamson University will also pursue research and development studies on microsatellite design and building.

As of writing, aerospace engineering and the like are not yet listed in UP Diliman’s course offerings, but the pending establishment of the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) is expected to fast track its opening to interested students.

Apart from providing another career option, more engineers in this field will help develop local space technologies and applications in the following areas: national security and development, hazard management and climate studies, space research and development, space industry capacity building, space education and awareness, and international cooperation.

Would you consider this career path?

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