DIWATA-1, the first satellite developed by the Philippines has been successfully deployed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
The milestone achievement was also the first time that JAXA has deployed a 50 kg-class microsatellite from the ISS Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo".
JAXA was in charge of the launch and deployment of DIWATA-1 into orbit and the agency expects more expansion in the use and operation of microsatellites in the Asian region and beyond.
The development costs of DIWATA-1 were incurred by the Republic of the Philippines and the task took a year to complete
The microsatellite is expected to be utilized for providing remote sensing information for observation of typhoons and localized heavy rains, as also monitoring agriculture, fishery, forestry and the environment.
The satellite is equipped with imaging device of four different magnifications including a fish-eye lens camera, and a telescope with a ground resolution of three meters.
Of special note is the onboard liquid crystal spectrum camera, which is a renovated version of the one aboard the RISING-2 satellite launched in 2014 led by Hokkaido and Tohoku Universities.
It is capable of taking images at 590 spectral bands, as many as that of cameras aboard big major satellites; it ushers in a new era of low cost high precision space instruments.
Jointly developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) of the Republic of the Philippines, University of the Philippines Diliman, Tohoku University, and Hokkaido University, DIWATA-1 is a 50 kg-class microsatellite.