Atlas V, carrying the first Filipino-assembled microsatellite DIWATA

Atlas V, carrying the first Filipino-assembled microsatellite DIWATA, lifts off into space from Florida, USA.

Potential uses of DIWATA-1: Improved weather forecasts, disaster risk mgmt., monitoring of PH's territorial borders.  

[Update, March 22, 2016] It was announced today that the launch of DIWATA, the first all-Filipino assembled microsatellite, will be on March 23, 2016 (11:00 a.m., Philippine Standard Time), ahead of schedule. An earlier announcement slated the launch for April 2016. The article below has been modified to reflect this new information. NASA TV coverage will start at 10:00 a.m., PST.

The potential uses of DIWATA include: improved weather detection and forecasts, disaster risk management, detecting agricultural growth patterns, and the monitoring of forest cover, mining, protection of cultural and historical sites, and the territorial borders of the Philippines.

DIWATA was turned over to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) to prepare for its launch into space this month. With DIWATA, comes the Filipino dream to have its own Philippine Space Agency.

Officials of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), UP Diliman, Tohoku University (TU), and Hokkaido University (HU) handed-over the project following the completion of the assembly and testing of the 50-kg Philippine Earth Observation Microsatellite. It is set to be released into space, for delivery to the International Space Station (ISS) on March 23, 2016.
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