The Filipino-made Maya-3 and Maya-4 satellites successfully made their way to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday, August 30.
The Philippine cube satellites were among the cargos carried by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, which flew to the station on August 29.
In a tweet, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) announced the successful docking of the cargo carrier at the ISS.
Although it has now arrived at its destination, there’s still no final date when the satellites will be launched into space.
The Maya satellites were the brainchild of scholars from the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation, and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) Program.
And the people who made it possible are Christy Raterta, Marielle Magbanua-Gregorio, Gladys Bajaro, Lorilyn Daquioag, Renzo Wee, Bryan Custodio, Judiel Reyes, and Derick Canceran.
According to Philippine Space Agency director-general Joel Marciano, Jr., the satellites will be of great help to Filipino scientists, specifically when it comes to gathering data for agriculture, weather monitoring, and disaster management.
According to STAMINA4Space, Maya-3 and Maya-4 will be deployed into space in the coming weeks.
“Stay tuned for news about the Maya-3 and Maya-4 CubeSats’ deployment from the ISS in the coming weeks. Once the CubeSats are released to space, the ground team can begin to check for its health and prepare for operations.”
Currently, the Philippines has two active satellites in space, Maya-2 and Diwata-2, which were launched in space in 2020 and 2018, respectively.
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