The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is looking at launching three cube satellites or nanosatellites this year.The development of Maya-3 and Maya-4 cube satellites are part of the STeP-UP Project. “In this orbit, the satellite passes in a particular part of the earth for about 10 minutes. Maya-1, for instance, passes (to capture) the Philippines twice a day for six to 10 minutes. We need more cube satellites for continuous coverage of the Philippines,” Space Science Proliferation through University Partnerships (STeP-UP) Project member Mara Mendoza told the Philippine News Agency (PNA) in email correspondence. The DOST is currently coordinating with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency and other partners for the launch of the three cube satellites.

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