The Philippine satellites Maya-3 and Maya-4 cube were successfully delivered to the International Space Station (ISS) on the night of Monday, August 30.
The first satellites built by a Philippine university in the country were among the cargoes that hitchhiked aboard SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket that left Earth on August 29.
In a tweet, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) said SpaceX’s Cargo Dragon successfully docked with the ISS at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time (10:30 p.m. Manila time).
Contact and capture is confirmed at 10:30 am ET (2:30 pm UT). @SpaceXThe Dragon spaceship has arrived at @Space station, delivering over 4,800 pounds of @ISS_Research, equipment, supplies and cargo to the crew! pic.twitter.com/p104d8zWe8
– NASA (@NASA) August 30, 2021
The Mayans were designed and developed by the first group of academics under the Space Science and Technology Proliferation through University Partnerships (STeP-UP) program of the Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) program.
They are Christy Raterta, Marielle Magbanua-Gregorio, Gladys Bajaro, Lorilyn Daquioag, Renzo Wee, Bryan Custodio, Judiel Reyes and Derick Canceran.
“Stay tuned for news on the deployment of the Maya-3 and Maya-4 CubeSats from the ISS in the coming weeks,” STAMINA4Space said. “Once the CubeSats are released into space, the ground crew can begin to check their health and prepare for operations. “
The STeP-UP project is a graduate program with a nano-satellite engineering track hosted at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP).
Funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), the project is implemented by UP Diliman in partnership with the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan.
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