Philippines’ Maya-3, Maya-4 are now in space

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The Maya-3 and Maya-4, the country’s first local university-built cube satellites, were successfully launched into space from the International Space Station on Wednesday, October 6, 2021.

The satellites passed past the Philippines about 9 AM, Tuesday, according to a ground station at the University of the Philippines-Diliman. The BIRDS-4 Team at Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan made successful contact with the CubeSats shortly after the launch, according to the Philippine Space Agency.

Naval Research and Technology Development Center (NRTDC) Research Chief LT MARIELLE MAGBANUA-GREGORIO PN and Naval Information and Communications Technology Center (NICTC) – SatComms Branch Officer-in-Charge LTJG CHRISTY A RATERTA PN are among the eight engineers who developed said CubeSats.

The team will track and monitor the satellites’ health status and eventually uplink commands for mission execution and record data received.

In addition, as part of NRTDC’s current space research and development operations, the Electronics and Communications Laboratory will track the CubeSats.

Photo courtesy of Naval Sea Systems Command

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