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Friday 25th of June 2021

Our Place in Space

Volume 2

Space Technologies
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 provision 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 care 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 industries 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.

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