PH first microsatellite ‘Diwata’ exceeded twice its lifespan before returning home

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A bonafide real one

The country’s first-ever microsatellite ‘Diwata‘ has finally returned back to Earth after a whopping 4 years of service in space – exceeding twice its expected run of only 2 years.

‘We confirm that today, 6 April 2020 at 04:49 a.m. Diwata-1 was at an altitude of approximately 114 km based on telemetry data received from the satellite,’ said DOST’s Sustained Support for Local Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space).

‘This, therefore, marks the official end of the mission lifetime of Diwata-1.’

On March 23, 2020, we announced that Diwata-1 has entered into the decommissioning stage, as we observe the continuous…

Posted by STAMINA4Space / PHL-Microsat on Monday, April 6, 2020

 

‘Diwata’ was first launched in space last April 2016, where she (yes, we’re giving her a pronoun) was responsible to take satellite images of PH, our waters, and surrounding countries. During the satellite’s 4 years, it’s shot a total of 45,572 images.

With 4 cameras in-hand, ‘Diwata‘ was also initially in charge of overseeing the West Philippine Sea in case neighboring countries, such as the Chinese military, were deploying structures.

The development of Diwata has since inspired the launch of other microsatellites in the country, such as her follow-up ‘Diwata-2‘. We now have approximately 13 in orbit overseeing the country.

Rest easy, Diwata

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