With the successful launch of the country’s third and fourth nanosatellites to the International Space Station (ISS), Maya-3 and Maya-4, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) expressed hope on Sunday, August 29th, that the government continue to invest in the country’s space technology program.
DOST secretary Fortunato “Boy” de la Peña was delighted with the Launch of the country’s first university cube satellite to the ISS On Sunday.
“We are very excited to be achieving our goals and timelines for our milestones in the country’s space technology program. The collaboration between DOST, the Philippine Space Agency and UP (University of the Philippines) Diliman has worked quite well, ”he told the Manila Bulletin after the nanosatellites launched on Sunday.
Maya-3 and Maya-4 were launched for the ISS on Sunday aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 Dragon C208 rocket. They were designed and developed by the first group of scientists under the Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation, and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) program: Project 3 – Space Science and Technology Proliferation through University Partnerships (STeP-UP).
“The results of our human resource development program have even exceeded our expectations given the difficult work environment we are currently in,” said de la Peña.
“Our country partners like Japan say that we are catching up quickly. I hope that state budget support will be stronger and continue. “
De la Peña had described the country as “pale” Research and Development Fund (R&D) compared to its Southeast Asian neighbors.
During the three-day Philippine Research, Development and Innovation (PRDIC) Conference in April, he said the agency’s R&D funding represents only 0.16 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP), compared to Vietnam’s 0.44 percent and Singapore at two percent of GDP for R&D.
The launch was part of the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Mission-23 (SpX-23) to send scientific research and technology demonstrations to the ISS.
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