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PH’s First Satellite DIWATA Takes Flight


PH finally has a space program of sorts

Rejoice, pinoy space fans – the first ever Filipino microsatellite Diwata, has successfully lifted off of Cape Canaveral, Florida in the US past 11 AM earlier today.

Diwata is a microsatellite that was developed by a team of Filipino scientists and is designed to transmit multi-spectrum images of the PH to a ground receiver in Subic. It’s primarily a weather satellite and will aid in weather forecasting, disaster response and mitigation as well ass crop monitoring.

Since the PH obviously doesn’t have the capacity to launch satellites into space on our own, Diwata was piggy-backed on the payload of a private aerospace company Orbital ATK, using their Cygnus spacecraft.


The small microsatellite is the size of a balik-bayan box and is scheduled to meet up with the International Space Station in two days’ time. It’ll stay on board until the end of April, and will be then launched into space for its orbit at an altitude of 400 kilometers above the Earth.

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John Nieves

John is a veteran technology and gadget journalist with more than 10 years of experience both in print and online. When not writing about technology, he frequently gets lost in the boonies playing soldier.


  1. first micro satellite ito not satellite per se

    Then President Fidel V. Ramos expressed his desire for a Philippine satellite to be in orbit in time for the APEC Summit to be held in the country in November 1996. MPSC complied with the acquisition of Indonesian satellite Palapa B-2P from Pasifik Satelit Nusantara. The satellite was moved to a new orbital slot on August 1, 1996. The satellite is renamed Mabuhay and became the first satellite in orbit to be owned by the country. Mabuhay launched the country’s first satellite, Agila-2, with assistance of China. The communications satellite was launched through the Long March 3B at the Xichang Satellite Launch Center on August 19, 1997.

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