10 March 2015

First Philippine-made Satellite Called Diwata

For the first time in the history of mankind, Philippines will set to launch its own-made satellite — Diwata — into space.

Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has announced on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, that Philippines will launch its first micro-satellites  in 2016 and 2017 which aims to improve weather forecasting, protection on forest, cultural, agriculture, fisheries, mining, and historical sites, and other public services.

According to Rappler post, PH government project called Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Micro-Satellite (PHL-Microsat) Program will send two-micro satellites into space for assisting disaster management programs and forecasting.

Dr Joel Marciano, the program leader, said that PHL-Microsat-1's Diwata will be the first micro-satellite to be launched in 2016 from International Space Station (ISS). The other satellite(no given named yet) will be launched in 2017.
Diwata @ Space. Image from Wikipedia
The receiving facility station called Philippine Earth Data Resources Observation (Pedro) center will process the information  captured by these two microsatellites and be built at the SUBIC Freeport in Zambales. 

UP Diliman will be the school to develop improvements to the program with its research laboratories.

Source: Rappler

P.S.: Filipinos should be PROUD of it. :) #proudPinoy

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