First Filipino cube satellite launched into orbit

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PHL-Microsat's team Adrian Salces, Dr. Joel Joseph Marciano, and Joven Javier worked on the Maya-1 in Japan.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 11) — The first Filipino-made cube satellite (CubeSat) has been launched into orbit Friday afternoon.

Maya-1 was launched from the Japanese experiment module called "Kibo" on the International Space Station at 5:45 p.m.

The 10-cubic-centimeter satellite, which looks slightly bigger than a fist and weighs only a kilogram, is one of the products of the Department of Science and Technology's Philippine Microsatellite (PHL-Microsat) program.

It was turned over to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) on May 15 before it was launched to the ISS on June 29.

Maya-1 carries two cameras a wide-angle and a narrow-angle lens to capture images and minimum resolution videos for research purposes. It also has a Global Positioning System (GPS) commercial off-the-shelf chip, as well as a magnetometer for measuring the magnetic field in space.

Two other CubeSats from Malaysia and Bhutan were simultaneously launched yesterday.

Meanwhile, another Philippine microsatellite named DIWATA-2 is slated to be launched this year.