More than a month after arriving at the International Space Station (ISS) aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket, the Philippines’ Maya-3 and Maya-4 satellites have finally been released into orbit on Wednesday (October 6). 

Photo from STAMINA4Space

Photo from JAXA

The university-build satellites, which were made possible under the Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation, and Advancement (STAMINA4Space), will stay in low orbit around the Earth – circling the planet every one hour and 30 minutes 400 kilometers above the ground.

The satellites will be used to collect information on temperature, humidity, and wind speed through remote ground sensors. 

According to satellite engineer Renzo Wee, the deployment of Maya-4 and Maya-4 marks an important milestone for the Philippine science industry. 

“It shows that we’re already capable of developing satellites domestically. This is all thanks to the continuous efforts of various people passing the proverbial torch from one to another. Knowledge and skills learned abroad being proliferated to Filipinos here and now in the Philippines,” Wee shared. 

He hopes that through their work on the satellites, they’ll be able to become assets for the country’s space sector and inspire others to participate in its development. 

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Image credit: JAXA