Ahead of its April 2016 launch, the Philippines’ first micro-satellite Diwata-1 has been launched, March 23, 2016 – aimed to reach the International Space Station.
Diwata-1’s delivery to the ISS marks a new era of space technology development in the country. It is expected to aid the country’s efforts in building essential capabilities that enhance and promote disaster risk reduction and management, agricultural productivity, resource assessment, and climate change studies through space technology.
DIWATA-1’s main scientific payloads are the:
(a) high precision telescope (HPT) for high resolution imaging, could be used for assessment of the extent of damage during disasters;
(b) spaceborne multispectral imager (SMI) with LCTF for monitoring bodies of water and vegetation; and
(c) wide field camera (WFC) for observing large-scale weather patterns.
The Satellite is part of the Department of Science and Technology’s Philippines Scientific Earth Observation Micro-Satellite (PHL-Microsat) Program. Diwata-1 is designed and built by a team of nine Filipino engineers and scientists with the guidance and mentoring of aerospace experts from Tohoku University and Hokkaido University in Japan.
You can watch the NASA launch replay here http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/