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The country’s third and fourth nanosatellites, Maya-3 and Maya-4, will be launched for the International Space Station (ISS) on Saturday, August 28th.

The cube satellites (Cubesats) will leave Earth aboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 Dragon C208 rocket at 3:37 pm . (Philippine time) as part of the SpaceX Commercial Resupply Mission-23 (SpX-23) to send scientific research and technology demonstrations to the ISS.

But before you witness this new milestone in the country’s space technology program, be here the things you need to know about Maya-3 and Maya-4 according to the Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation, and Advancement (STAMINA4Space).

The two Cubesats are the first Philippine university satellites to be created by the first group of Scientists as part of the STAMINA4Space program: Project 3 – Space Science and Technology Proliferation through University Partnerships (STeP-UP).

The STeP-UP project is a graduate program with a nanosatellite engineering track at Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineering of the University of the Philippines-Diliman (UP).

The project funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) with a grant ien its Science Education Institute (SEI) is funded and supported by UP Diliman in collaboration with the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan.

Maya-3 and Maya-4 measure 10 x 10 x 11.35 centimeters with an estimated mass of 1.1 kilograms.

Both satellites are equipped with two retractable antennas, solar array panels, a Global Positioning System (GPS) patch antenna and a lever switch.

The Cubesats also carry two visual cameras with five megapixels, which mainly take pictures of the home country and are used for the general visual assessment of land mass and waters.

STAMINA4Space is the one funded by the DOST and carried out by the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) and the UP The country’s space research and development program.

The program aims to further develop in-depth expertise that enables the growth of a local scientific-industrial base in space technology technology and applications in the Philippines enables and maintains.

To see the launch in real time, visit the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s live feed. #

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