On October 29, Diwata-2 was launched into space from the Tanegashima Space Center in Japan. But unlike its predecessor Diwata-1 that was launched back in 2016, Diwata-2 was propelled directly into orbit through the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s H-IIA F40 rocket.
Don’t be deceived by Diwata-2’s 50-cubic-centimetre, 50-kilogram frame. It’s capable of capturing images using its locally-made satellite orientation module, which helps in monitoring weather. The country’s second microsatellite is also designed to operate at a higher altitude for better lifespan.
Both Dr. Fortunato de la Peña, secretary of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and Senator Bam Aquino, who chairs the Senate Committee on Science and Technology, were present during the launch.
The Brains Behind Diwata-2
Young Filipino engineers, who went through training and mentorship of experts in at the Tohoku University in Japan, are the people behind the creation of Diwata-2.
The project for the planning and designing of the second micro satellite started as soon as the first one was launched in 2016.
According to DOST Undersecretary Rowena Guevarra, the Philippine Microsatellite Program has already produced 50 scientists and engineers. She also believes that more young Filipinos will be encouraged to pursue science and engineering fields through this program.
Secretary De la Peña also added that it’s vital that there’s always a Philippine satellite that’s making an orbit.
“We are programming already that most likely there is already the third Diwata so that there will always be a Philippine satellite orbiting,” he added.