Two nanosatellites which will be the first “Philippine university-built”, are slated for launch in the last quarter of the year, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said.

The Maya 3 and Maya 4 cube satellites (CubeSat) are currently being developed by the first batch of scholars under the local nanosatellite engineering track in the Master of Science/Master of Electrical Engineering (MSEE/MSEE) graduate program at the University of the Philippines (UPD), through a scholarship grant from the DOST – Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).

The CubeSats provide local opportunities to acquire space technology know-how through hands-on experience in nanosatellite development.

The mission of the nanosatellites is aimed at testing and demonstrating technologies that include, among others, a Store-and-Forwards (S&F) capability that enables data from sensors located in remote or hard-to-reach areas to be received and transported to locations where they can be subsequently processed and used.

Through its onboard radios and antennas, the CubeSats can also serve the amateur radio community and provide emergency response teams an alternate means of communications.

Weighing approximately one kilogram, the CubeSats house components that are designed to demonstrate nanosatellite-based remote data collection system and optical imaging within its 10-centimeter cubic frame.

By Dhel Nazario