By Martin A. Sadongdong

The Philippines’ first microsatellite, Diwata-1, has circled the Earth over 4,000 times while taking images not just of the Philippines but also of other parts of the globe, according to the PHL-Microsat Program.

Diwata-1, which was launched into space from the International Space Station (ISS) on April 27, 2016,  has circled the Earth for approximately 4,083 times as of January 13 (Friday).

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Diwata, the first microsatellite built by an all-Filipino team.
(DOST via Official Gazette) | Manila Bulletin

It was built to undertake scientific missions related to weather observation, environmental monitoring and disaster risk management.

The PHL-Microsat Program also reported that it will create a three-part series on the prediction of the satellite tracks of Diwata-1.

“By doing this, we would know when Diwata-1 will pass over the country, where it will pass, and for how long,” Benjamin Magallon, Diwata-1 engineer, said over PHL-Microsat Program’s official blog.

Last year, the images taken by the Diwata-1 was hailed as “world best” by an international university.

“The PHL-Microsat Program aims to build, launch and effectively utilize micro-satellite technology for multispectral, high precision earth observation. It is a collaboration between Tohoku University, Hokkaido University, Department of Science and Technology’s Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI), and University of the Philippines-Diliman. It is funded by the DOST through the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD),” Magallon added.

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