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The ‘Diwata-1′, the Philippines’ first microsatellite, was unveiled to the public for the first time at the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
“This is the first microsatellite that is built with Filipino engineers, and also the first microsatellite of the Philippines,” said Dr. Rowena Guevara, Undersecretary for Scientific & Technological Services, DOST
Diwata 1 was developed and assembled by Filipino engineers specifically seven Filipino scholars in a span of one year.
Diwata-1 is the first satellite of the venture and is also a part of the Department of Science and Technology’s Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Micro-Satellite (PHL-Microsat) Program. The satellite is an updated version of the Raijin-2 which was developed by the two Japanese universities.
The Philippine government has been availing services from foreign countries for satellite imagery. Carlos Primo David, executive director of the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development called the whole PHL-Microsat program is a small investment taking note that in 2013, following the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Typhoon Yolanda, the government had to pay about ₱56 million for a set of image of areas affected by the typhoon. This led to the creation of the program.