Volume 2: Space Technologies showcases the underlying technology components and infrastructure,
i.e. the upstream space segment, that enable the generation, processing and utilization of space data.
From satellites “buses”, payloads, assembly/integration/test (AIT) to the calibration and validation of
satellite instruments, these activities and capabilities facilitate the generation of data and the
of services in the downstream. One of the cornerstones upon which the Philippine Space Agency
(PhilSA) is built has been our prior work on building small satellites, Diwata-1, Diwata-2, Maya-1 and
Maya-2. Since our engineers and scientists have been involved in the hands-on development of these
space systems, we have gained access to underlying technologies and knowhow that we will use to our
country’s advantage in building many more useful and productive things.
If satellite imagery data is like water, then satellites are like the pipes and plumbing. Seldom do we
about the pipes and the plumbing, so long as we get the water flowing into our homes. However, one
who knows the pipes and its intricacies can and does have the ability to determine the flow and the
quality of the water. In that sense, obtaining knowhow in upstream space technologies and cascading
them to local design and manufacturing services will help put us on a path of building stronger
in aerospace, semiconductor, electronics, mechanical and materials, among others, that enhance our
country’s global market position and competitiveness. Investing in space science, technology and
applications can help create more high value jobs.
In this volume, we also show the ground-based systems that enable us to communicate with and
process the data from satellites. This infrastructure is part of the “plumbing” that works in the
background and is largely invisible from an end user perspective, which we now shine a spotlight on and
bring to the forefront.