Filipino Space Engineers Share Their Unique Maya-2 Cube Satellite Building Experience

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These are all the common answers shared by Izrael Zenar Bautista, Mark Angelo Purio, and Marloun Sejera, the three student-engineers who developed the country’s second cube satellite called Maya-2.”

The three space engineers were selected to be scholars at Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) under the Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) Program.

I am just fortunate that I get the opportunity but the huge factor in considering to be part of this project is the chance to enhance our country’s space program and it is a great honor to be one of the pioneers in this field.)

The three space engineers were selected to be scholars at Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) under the Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) Program.

Engineer Purio further explained that developing satellites are beyond giving the country a huge pride but it is more of investing long-term as those captured images by these satellites could provide substantial information and data towards better decision and policy-making, particularly in the field of agriculture, disaster preparedness and management, national security, urban planning, and environmental conservation.

The Maya-2 cube satellite just weighs 1.3 kg equipped with a camera for image and video capture, attitude determination and control units for active attitude stabilization and control demonstrations, Perovskite solar cells, Latchup-detection chip, and an Automatic Packet Reporting System Message Digipeater (APRS-DP).

Engineer Sejera shared that it was a great learning experience when all of them got the opportunity to work with students and experts from other countries.

For the student-engineers, it was a chance of a lifetime when they were granted scholarships and given the chance to work and build the Maya-2 cube satellite.

For Sejera, if you want to achieve your dream, you have to seek opportunities. So, if we have a hard time in things that we do, it means that it is all worth it.

The three Filipino space engineers were featured in Centrong AgTek (Agham at Teknolohiya), an experimental online show of the Department of Science and Technology-Science and Technology Information Institute (DOST-STII) and Centro Escolar University (CEU) Media and Communication Department.

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