Philippine Space Agency marks 1st anniversary with Space Data Dashboard launch

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Philippine Space Data Dashboard
Earth images from Diwata-1 and Diwata-2. Photos from STAMINA4Space.

The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) marked the first anniversary of its establishment with the launch of the Space Data Dashboard that features research and development outputs from different Department of Science and Technology (DOST)-initiated space projects.

The country’s space agency, established when the Philippine Space Act or Republic Act (RA) 11363 was passed into law on August 8, 2019, launched the new dashboard in an online event on the STAMINA4Space social media.

The Space Data Dashboard was launched on August 6 in the press briefing presentation “Our Place in Space: Scientists Reveal What’s Next for the PH Space Sector”.

The platform analyzes and compares different sets of space data to be absorbed by the PhilSA such as:

  • air quality
  • water quality
  • night lights
  • land cover
  • traffic monitoring

Users may also access various information on plotted data on the platform, such as data source and descriptive interpretations per satellite image.

The platform also highlights maps and other data in monitoring ground activities related to COVID-19 such as:

  • comparison of land and air traffic density
  • NO2 (nitrogen dioxide) emission observations
  • nightlights
  • pollution monitoring

Check out the Space Data Dashboard here.

The presentation had representatives from the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA), Sustained Support for Local Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) Program, Philippine Earth Data and Resource Observation (PEDRO) Center and the Remote Sensing and Data Science (DATOS) Help Desk sharing the latest developments in space initiatives such as space data applications for disaster risk reduction and environmental monitoring, space technology localization, and updates on plans and activities of the PhilSA.

“While the PhilSA is only recently established and is building from the ground up, it is not starting from scratch. A number of space science and technology applications (SSTA) activities are being undertaken leading up to its establishment,” said the PhilSA Director-General Dr. Joel Joseph S. Marciano, Jr.

“Our Philippine Space Agency is undoubtedly on its track to fulfill its mission, which is to promote and sustain a robust Philippine space ecosystem that adds and creates value in space for and from Filipinos and for the world,” said Dr. Gay Jane Perez, Program Leader of the STAMINA4Space Program.

The DOST first announced in 2017 its intent to push for the coordinated space program in a bid to become South East Asia’s space technology hub. Since then various strides in the space program were initiated by the DOST and its partner institutions.

DOST Secretary Fortunato pointed out the achievements of the Philippine space program such as Diwata 1, Diwata 2, and Maya satellites, the DREAM project and the Phil-LIDAR Program that provide support to the country’s disaster resilience by using Lidar data to map the major river basins.

The University of the Philippines ULyS3ES was also established as the new home for Filipino space scientists, engineers, and technology research.

Meanwhile, a UP Diliman experiment led by PhilSA’s Dr. Joel Joseph Marciano won 1st place in the Space Mission Idea Contest in Japan.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to the Philippine Space Agency as it marks its 1st anniversary with the launch of the Space Data Dashboard.

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