United Defense of the Philippines can confirm that this was DOST Balik Scientist and former US Naval aviator Leo Madrid Almazan. The Indigenous Rocket program is back on track.
UDP was granted more information by Leo Madrid Almazan regarding the planned indigenous rocket program and here is what he has to say:
“There will be two groups, the Rocket (Aero/Mechanical) and Sensor/Electronics side (ECE). The plan is to too test launch 5 rockets (1 meter to 2 meters in height first). the first test will just test the solid propellant engine. The second will be a 1 meter rocket with basic sensors (temperature/pressure/altitude). The third will be just under 2 meters long with full sensors including GPS and single parachute recovery. The fourth will be the same length but with dual parachute system. Then the fifth is a 10ft rocket. It is a sounding rocket for weather study.
I will have public releases as we go forward.
We have bought two very expensive software programs for simulation and modeling including path prediction.
We are still waiting for the MOA from PAF RDC since they will have to buy the rocket propellant for us. We have only one rocket propellant expert here in the Philippines and he is helping us.”