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The Philippines to launch microsatellite in 2016

30 June 2014

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The Philippines is blasting off into the space age with the planned launching of its own microsatellite in July 2016, with the cooperation of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said the space venture is part of the government's disaster risk management program.

The space program has two components: the Development of the Philippines’ Earth Observation Microsatellite (DIWATA), with a budget allocation of P800 million; and the Philippine Earth Data Resources and Observation Center (PEDRO), with a budget of P600 million, DOST Secretary Mario Montejo said.

DOST's Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) said DIWATA is expected to gather "on-demand and real-time status of the country's environment, particularly for applications such as disaster risk management, land-use, and aquatic resource assessment and monitoring."

Source: Manila Bulletin

Image credit: ESA - Multitemporal Envisat view of Manila, the Philippines