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.
DOST said it was the first time that two CubeSats made in the Philippines had been assembled. The satellites, which will collect data from Earth, among other things, will be launched at 3:37 p.m. Manila time.
The launch is part of SpaceX’s commercial refueling mission of the United States’ National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to the International Space Station (ISS), according to reports from the NASA and DOST platforms.
“CubeSats will leave Earth aboard the Dragon C208 for a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket as part of the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Mission-23 (SpX-23),” the science division said in a Facebook post.
The refueling services are part of the “Science and Technology Demonstrations” aimed at facilitating experiments aboard the International Space Station, Explanation Read from NASA.
“Onboard experiments include investigating the protection of bone health through plant byproducts, testing a method for monitoring crew eye health, demonstrating the robot’s improved versatility, exposing building materials to the harsh space environment, relieving stress in plants, and more,” NASA added. .
Maya 3 and Maya 4
Maya 3 and Maya 4 were developed under the STAMINA4Space program with support from DOST, Diliman University in the Philippines, Kyushu Institute of Technology, and the Philippine Space Agency.
One of the missions of the two cube satellites is to show the capture of images and videos from the RGB camera and the near-infrared camera, as well as to display data acquisition on the ground allowing data to be collected from distant Earth sensors such as temperature and humidity.
The satellites are also expected to display a commercial GPS model (COTS) and space-based magnetic field measurement, among other things.
Young Filipino academics helped develop Maya 3 and Maya 4 along with other academics from other countries.
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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