Emeline Paat: A Filipino Space Entrepreneur
Another inspiring fellow Filipino who loves the space!
Emeline Paat is the first Filipina to go on a zero gravity flight training. And although she hasn’t gone into outer space just yet, Emeline was promised a suborbital flight when she left Space Adventures in 2007.
She graduated from the University of the Philippines with a Physics degree in 1989, and had landed a teaching job in her alma mater. She was about to begin her second year of teaching when she got a scholarship for the summer program at the International Space University (ISU) in France.
When she finished the ISU summer program, she got hired as a computer programmer for Data Technology Systems in Geneva, Switzerland. After that, she worked as a research assistant for York University in Canada. A year later, she returned to ISU as Academic Coordinator and Deputy Program Director for the summer space program.
In 1999, she was hired as Program Director for Space Adventures, the world’s first private company to send paying tourists to space.
She is currently the Vice President of Programs and Curriculum at Singularity University, located inside the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) research center in Silicon Valley, where courses like artificial intelligence and nanotechnology are taught.
She is also a consultant for a family-owned space partnership company and manager for Moon Express, one of 20 teams worldwide competing for the $30 million Google Lunar XPrize which will allow a private company to land an unmanned spaceship on the moon.
Looking back at her career, Emeline says one of the keys to her success was her persistence to keep moving forward to reach her goal.
Don’t be afraid of taking risks. You can’t go anywhere by standing still. There’s a lot of opportunities out there. You need to know when to take the right opportunity. – Emeline Paat
I would like to thank UP AstroSoc’s faculty adviser, Dr. Perry Esguerra for telling us about this.
There’s really nothing impossible if you are that passionate and determined to reach your goals. Ad astra per aspera!