Philippine Senator and presidential aspirant Manny Pacquiao and Sen. Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III met with SpaceX’s top executive to talk about using low orbit satellites to help improve the internet connectivity situation in the country.
SpaceX, the aerospace company of businessman Elon Musk, launched its Starlink satellites back in 2021. These are low-orbit satellites that aim to provide an internet connection to hard-to-reach areas in the world.
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Pacquiao said that such technology would also be beneficial to Filipinos as it could offer affordable internet connectivity.
The senator said that such technology could advance online learning, provide e-government services, improve disaster relief and coordination, and keep OFWs and their families stay connected.
SpaceX head of relations Rebecca Hunder, via a video call meeting, invited Pacquiao to visit the United States and meet the key people behind the aerospace company.
Pacquiao is also open to exploring other areas of cooperation with SpaceX’s sister companies and Elon Musk-owned Tesla, an electric vehicle and clean energy company, and The Boring Company, an infra and tunnel construction services firm dedicated to finding alternative ways to mend traffic issues.
The presidential aspirant is looking into using Tesla batteries to help the jeepney modernization program, while The Boring Company could help the country fulfill its subway system dreams.
He’s also open to creating a spaceship launchpad in the country with SpaceX as it could put the country’s name in the space exploration map and also create jobs for local engineers, scientists, and laborers.
Via: Manila Standard