Two PH cube-shaped satellites launched to the International Space Station

From the DOST Facebook page

The Ministry of Science and Technology (DOST) said two cube satellites, Maya 3 and Maya 4, will be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday afternoon.

The Ministry of Science and Technology said that this is the first time that two Filipino-made cubic satellites have been hoisted together. The satellites, which will collect ground-based data, among other things, will be launched at 3:37 p.m. Manila time.

The launch is part of NASA’s commercial SpaceX resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS), according to information available on the NASA and DOST platforms.

“CubeSats will leave Earth aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 Dragon C208 rocket as part of the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Mission-23 (SpX-23),” Science said in a Facebook post.

The supply services are part of a “scientific research and technical presentation” aimed at assisting with experiments aboard the International Space Station, a separate station. Explanation Read from NASA.

“Experiments aboard the ship include investigating the protection of bone health through plant byproducts, testing a method for monitoring the health of the crew’s eyes, demonstrating improved robotic versatility, exposing building materials to the harsh space environment, relieving stress in plants, and more,” NASA added. .

Maya 3 in Maya 4

Maya 3 and Maya 4 were developed under the STAMINA4Space program with support from DOST, University of the Philippines Diliman, Kyushu Institute of Technology and the Philippine Space Agency.

One of the missions of the two cube satellites is to display images and videos from RGB and near-infrared cameras, as well as display a ground-based data set that can collect data from distant Earth sensors, such as temperature and humidity.

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The satellites are also expected to display a Commercial Available Shelf (COTS) model via GPS and measurements of, among other things, the magnetic field in space.

Young Filipino researchers, along with other scholars from other countries, helped develop Maya 3 and Maya 4.

Maya 1 launched in 2018, while Maya 2 launched earlier this year.

You can register Here To book your ticket online for the event and get more information and updates from NASA’s SpX-23 mission, according to DOST.

— Reporting by Jake Pascual and Job Manahan, ABS-CBN News

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