On March 23, 2016, the Filipino built Diwata-1 was launched into space. The launch took place from the United States. A few days later, the micro-satellite it was received by the International Space Station. In April 2016, the satellite was deployed into space. The Philippines entered the space race.
Photo: Diwata-1 was deployed by the International Space Station (Creative Commons: NASA).
Diwata-1 is the first micro-satellite built and designed by the Philippines. The purpose of the satellite was to develop the country’s remote sensing capabilities. Remote sensing is the use of satellites or aircraft to obtain images of the earth’s surface.
The Philippines is found in an area that is exposed to many natural hazards. This includes volcanic, earthquake, landslide, and typhoon activity. These hazards occur regularly every year resulting in the loss of life and property damage.
Remote sensing is a proven method of monitoring, evaluating, and predicting these types of dangers.
Japan has a program to launch many micro-satellites into space. Universities in Japan have partnered with many Asian countries to develop them. The Philippines joined the partnership to develop two satellites.
Diwata is a Filipino word for a type of fairy.
Built by Students
The development team was made up of two researchers from DOST (Department of Science and Technology) and seven students from the University of the Philippines. This team was guided by experts from two Japanese universities.
The Diwata-1 was designed to have a high precision telescope to evaluate damage from natural disasters. It also has a multi-spectral imager to detect changes in the ocean and natural vegetation. The last device included was a wide field camera to study weather patterns.
The Diwata-1 was a first step toward the creation of a Philippine Space Agency. It is hoped that this would lead to the development of new industries in aerospace and electronics.
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