Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — The country's first microsatellite, Diwata-1, was launched last week. But what does this mean for the Philippines?
On Tuesday (March 29), Engr. Julian Oliveros, one of the developers of Diwata-1, sat down with CNN Philippines anchor Mitzi Borromeo to talk about the microsatellite.
The 23-year-old Oliveros said that Diwata-1 was the government's idea.
He said, "It's actually a long story but, let's just say that DOST came up with it because the main goal really is not just to launch the satellite for the people, but to start an industry here, in this country."
He added, in order to do that, the country had to have something in space to kickstart it.
Oliveros said watching Diwata-1 get launched into space was a happy experience.
"One year ago, that satellite was just made out of cardboard, we were just visualizing it... cardboard and some wires. But now, it's fully developed, and now it's in outer space," he said.
Oliveros explained Diwata-1 is expected to send images of natural resources for applications and also for disaster mitigation and weather forecasting.
He added that the microsatellite is at the International Space Station (ISS) right now but it will be deployed by astronauts into space by the end of April.
It will be at this stage when scientists send communication signals to the satellite to calibrate it, Oliveros explained.
Photos sent by Diwata-1 may be expected by the end of April.