The Philippines is expected to reach another landmark achievement when it comes to space, particularly when its ‘MULA’ satellite takes flight in 2023. 

According to the Philippine Space Agency (Philsa), MULA, short for Multispectral Unit for Land Assessment, is an Earth-observation unit able to capture images within a range of 100,000 square meters. 

The images from MULA will help address agricultural issues in the Philippines and will enable more effective responses to natural calamities, Philsa’s Gay Jane Perez said.

“Ang makukuha ng satellite ay makakatulong sa agrikultura sa pamamagitan ng pagmomonitor ng ating pananim, pamamahala ng kagubatan, pagtukoy sa pagbabago ng land use. At higit sa lahat pagtugon sa sakuna,” Perez told ABS-CBN’s Teleradyo. 

The project is currently under development in the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Advanced Satellite and Know-How Transfer for the Philippines (ASP) program. 

Sixteen Filipino engineers are working on the satellite – from the University of the Philippines-Diliman, the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (Asti), and Philsa.

Nine of these scientists are currently in the United Kingdom for training, Perez noted. 

MULA will be the 7th satellite to be launched from the Philippines. So far, the country has launched four in space – Diwata-1, Diwata-2, and Maya 1 and Maya-2. 

This year, the country is expected to launch into orbit satellites Maya-3 and Maya-4. 

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