11 Filipino engineers to participate in UK’s satellite design development training

Published February 22, 2021, 11:16 AM

by Charissa Luci-Atienza 

The Philippines is expected to send 11 engineers to participate in a know-how transfer and training (KHTT) program in the United Kingdom for the development of a satellite design in a bid to further strengthen the country’s space technology program, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has announced. 

DOST Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña said the KHTT program will start in April this year. 

“Eleven Filipino engineers are set to participate in a know-how transfer and training (KHTT) program in the United Kingdom starting April 2021 for the development of the design of a multispectral unit for land assessment (MULA) satellite,” he said in his report. 

He noted that the MULA is  a 100-to-150-kilogram (kg) small satellite platform with a primary high-resolution multispectral payload and a secondary Automatic Identification System (AIS) and Automatic Dependent Surveillance Broadcast (ADS-B) payload.

The satellite platform “is targeted to launch in 2022,” de la Peña said. 

He also disclosed that DOST- Advanced Science & Technology Institute (ASTI)  is also currently upgrading its Davao Ground Receiving Station (DGRS) to directly receive space-borne data from NovaSAR-1 satellite. 

“Direct reception of satellite data translates to faster availability of useful information making us more responsive to time-sensitive and critical events such as disaster response,” he said. 

On Sunday, Feb. 21, at 1:36 a.m. (local time), Maya-2, the country’s second nanosatellite and the fourth satellite,  was launched into space aboard the S.S. Katherine Johnson Cygnus spacecraft. 

The 1.3 kilogram-cube satellite was successfully launched together with the nanosatellites of Japan and Paraguay at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Station in Virginia, United States.

The three satellites are due to be launched to the International Space Station (ISS).