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Philippines launches 1st CubeSat into space »Science» thePinoy



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By Shaira Panela / rappler.com – Maya-1, the first cube satellite in the Philippines (CubeSat), is launched by the SpaceX Falcon-9 CRS 15 rocket flew into space. The rocket was launched into space on Friday, June 29, at Cape Canaveral, Florida in the United States.

From April 2018 at least 800 CubeSats were shot into space.

This cube satellite measures 10 cm3 and weighs about one kilogram, aims to collect data from ground sensor terminals and pass it on 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 events due to space radiation.

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

Maya-1 is one of the 3 cube satellites of the second common global multi-species bird or BIRDS-2 project of the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan. In flight, Maya-1 are 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 the Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite (PHL-Microsat), a research program jointly conducted by the Philippine University Diliman and the Institute of Science and Technology – Advanced Science and Technology Institute. PHL-Microsat previously launched in space Diwata-1 and Diwata-2

Two Philippine PhD 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.

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