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Philippines brings the first CubeSat into space



Maya-1 belongs to the family of satellites produced by the Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite or PHL-Microsat and developed by two Philippine PhD students in Japan

Published 6:05 PM, June 29, 2018

Updated 18 May : 05, 29th June 2018

  Photos courtesy of DOST-ASTI

Photos courtesy of DOST-ASTI

MANILA, Philippines ̵

1; Maya-1, the first cube satellite in the Philippines (CubeSat), has launched SpaceX Falcon-9 CRS 15 into space. The missile was launched into action on Friday, June 29, at Cape Canaveral, Florida, in the United States.

As of April 2018, at least 800 CubeSats were shot into space.

This cube satellite measures 10 cm 3 and weighs about one kilogram, aims to collect data from ground sensor terminals and relay it to a ground control system. Maya-1 also has an automatic Packet Radio Service Digipeater, which allows to communicate with Ham radios. It also has two cameras to capture images for research purposes.

In the body of Maya-1 is a cost-effective Global Positioning System (GPS) and a device that can measure the magnetic field in space. Maya-1 may also log data corruption due to space radiation.

 Start. The Institute for Science and Technology - Advanced Science and Technology Institute is streaming UP Diliman's launch of Maya-1 on June 29, 2018.

LAUNCH. The Institute for Science and Technology – Advanced Science and Technology Institute is streaming UP Diliman's launch of Maya-1 into space on June 29, 2018.

The spacecraft carrying Maya-1 has 2,700 kilograms of accessories and scientific equipment. Crew members of the space station will unpack the payload if the freighter early in the morning Monday Tomorrow, 2. July (US time) arrives in the orbiting laboratory.

Maya-1 is one of the 3 dice satellites for the second joint multi-populated bird or the BIRDS-2 project of the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan. Maya-1 also includes other CubeSats, including Bhutan's BHUTAN-1 and Malaysia's UiTMSAT-1.

Maya-1 will be launched in August.

Maya-1 belongs to the family of satellites produced by the Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite (PHL-Microsat), a research program jointly conducted by the Philippine University Diliman and the Ministry of Science Technology-Advanced Science and Technology Institute. PHL-Microsat previously launched in space Diwata-1 and Diwata-2

Two Philippine students under the PHL Microsat program have developed Maya-1 in Japan. Joven Javier, who is doing his master's degree, and Adrian Salces, who is doing his doctorate. – Rappler.com


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