Research interests: Wireless communications; Radio frequency spectrum management and policy; Rural connectivity and emergency response communications; Development of small satellites for scientific Earth observation, and geospatial AI.
Research interests: Instrumentation Embedded Systems, Environmental Monitoring, Wireless Sensor Networks
Official start of PHL-Microsat Program
through Project 5 Remote Sending Product Development
January 13, 2016
Diwata-1 turnover to Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) at Tsukuba Space Center, Japan.
Start of construction of University Laboratory for Small Satellites and Space Engineering Systems (ULyS³ES)
April 27, 2016
The Philippines’ first microsatellite, DIWATA-1, was successfully released into orbit from the Japanese Experiment Module ‘Kibo’ on the International Space Station at 20:44 (JST) on April 27, 2016.
May 6, 2016
Diwata-1 First Image of Earth
The first image of the WFC (Wide Field Camera) was obtained by the ground station of Tohoku University. This was verification that the attitude system of DIWATA-1 was working properly.
BIRDS-2 project begins
The second Joint Global Multi-nation Birds (BIRDS) project begins; Participating countries to build identical 1U Cube Satellites (CubeSats): Maya-1 (Philippines), BHUTAN-1 (Bhutan), UiTMSat-1 (Malaysia), at Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan
Establishment of PEDRO Center
June 29, 2018
BIRDS-2 CubeSats launched to International Space Station (ISS)
Via Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral in Florida, United States as part of SpaceX CRS-15 Commercial Resupply Service missionore-link” href=”https://asti.dost.gov.ph/communications/news-articles/philippines-to-launch-first-cubesat-on-june-29/”>Learn more
Start of STAMINA4Space Program
The official start of the program (through the STeP-UP Project)
August 10, 2018
BIRDS-2 CubeSats released to space from International Space Station (ISS)
Maya-1 (Philippines), BHUTAN-1 (Bhutan), and UiTMSAT-1 (Malaysia) deployed to space via the International Space Station (ISS)’ Japanese Kibo Module.
Maya-1 1st pass over Philippines
1st pass over the country tracked and 1st beacon signal from orbit received via UP Amateur Radio Satellite Station (ARSS) Ground Station
April 6, 2020
Diwata-1 re-enters atmosphere, ends mission
After four years of its journey in space, Diwata-1 retires as it re-enters the Earth’s atmosphere.
Diwata-1 is the Philippines’ first microsatellite for scientific earth observation built by Filipino engineers and scientists from the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) in collaboration with Japanese universities, Tohoku University and Hokkaido University, and with support from the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).
Maya-1 End of Mission
Maya-1 re-enters atmosphere, ends mission