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Diwata – 2 Launched

Diwata - 2 with Solar Panels

The second Philippine MicroSat (Micro-Satellite) was launched yesterday at the Tanegeshima Space Center in Japan yesterday October 29, 2018.

The deployment of Diwata – 2 differs from its predecessor Diwata – 1 which was launched from the International Space Station (ISIS) last 2016. It was launched directly into orbit using the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency with the H-11A F40 rocket.

Diwata – 2 will have a higher satellite orbit that will enable it to have a higher service-life than Diwata – 1. Both satellites were developed in conjunction between the University of the Philippines Diliman, the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) and Japan’s Hokkaido and Tohoku universities.

Funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and the Philippine Council for Industry and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD), Diwata – 2 has enhanced capabilities than Diwata – 1.

Diwata – 2 has its own deployed solar panels that will generate more energy for its operations. Also, an Enhanced Resolution Camera, which increases the resolution of images taken by its High Precision Telescope and Spaceborne Multispectral Imager (SMI) with Liquid Crystal Tunable Filter that will enhance its performance.

Both MicroSats will be utilized in monitoring weather, agriculture, environmental planning, national defense, and even urban and rural planning.

This is another step in having the country have its own Space Program that will be useful in national development.

TechBlade has been advocating the use of space technology in furthering national development since before Diwata - 1 was launched in 2016.

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