Diwata 2 PHL Microsat launch from Japan viewed live on YouTube

Philippines launches 2nd microsatellite direct into space orbit. Image from DOST-ASTI YouTube.

The direct launch into orbit of Diwata-2, the second Philippine microsatellite developed by Filipino scientists, was streamed live on October 29 via You Tube from the Japan space center.

Diwata-2 was lifted off into space via the H-IIA F40 rocket from Tanegashima Space Center at 12:08 PM in full daylight unlike the first satellite Diwata-1 which was deployed to the International Space Station first before it was finally launched into orbit in 2016.

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The historic event was seen streamed live by the Department of Science and Technology – Advanced Science Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) You Tube channel and viewed by the public gathered at the PHL Microsat center in the University of the Philippines.

Diwata-2 was deployed to aid in the country’s environmental monitoring and disaster risk reduction and management efforts through the capturing of high-resolution images of the country’s geographical features.

The PHL Microsat team announced earlier that Diwata-2 improvements include increased lifespan and sun-synchronous orbit at the altitude of 620km, carries high performance cameras, deployable solar panels, and amateur radio unit for emergency communications.

Diwata-2 is one of two Philippine-developed microsatellite projects developed and built under the PHL-Microsat Program, funded by DOST, monitored by DOST-PCIEERD, and done through the collaboration between the University of the Philippines, the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), Hokkaido University and Tohoku University.

Watch the Diwata-2 Launch Video here

Watch the young engineers of the PHL-Microsat discuss what’s new with Diwata-2 and how it can be a game-changer in the country’s environmental monitoring and disaster risk reduction and management efforts.

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