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The Philippines has launched its second cube satellite (CubeSat), Maya-2, to the International Space Station (ISS) today, February 21, 2021 at 1:36 A.M.
Maya-2 was aboard the S.S. Katherine Johnson Cynus spacecraft and it was launched just 3 months after its predecessor, Maya-1, was decommissioned.
According to STAMINA4Space, the 1U CubeSat, which falls under the nanosatellite category in terms of mass (1-10 kg), was launched to the ISS with two other identical CubeSats from Japan (Tsuru), and Paraguay (GuaraniSat-1) as part of the Northrop Grumman CRS-15 mission.
The BIRDS-4 CubeSats. (Left to right) Maya-2 (Philippines), Tsuru (Japan), and GuaraniSat-1 (Paraguay). Photo Courtesy of BIRDS-4 Project.
Maya-2 was designed and developed by Filipino scholars who were sent to the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech).
The Maya-2 engineers. (Left to right) Mark Angelo Purio, Izrael Zenar Bautista, and Marloun Sejera. Photo from STAMINA4space.
The CubeSat is a technology demonstration and educational platform geared to collect data remotely by Store-and-Forward (S&F) Mechanism. Aboard it is a camera for image and video capture, an Automatic Packet Reporting System Message Digipeater (APRS-DP), attitude determination and control units for active attitude stabilization and control demonstrations, Perovskite solar cells and Latchup-detection chip.
Moreover, STAMINA4space said that Maya-3, Maya-4, Maya-5, and Maya-6 are already in their respective design and development phases under the STeP-UP project led by Prof. Paul Jason Co.
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