PH eyes launch of ‘bigger’ Earth observation satellite by 2023

Metro Manila (NCS Philippines, June 10) — The Philippine Space Agency mentioned the nation’s largest satellite but is now in improvement for its anticipated launch into area by 2023.

Multispectral Unit for Land Assessment, or MULA, is a commercial-grade satellite weighing 130 kilograms and has options that can assist observe terrestrial ecosystems and assess setting circumstances to arrange for catastrophe administration.

“Plans are underway to have a bigger Earth Observation satellite that can capture operational-quality images of approximately 100,000 square kilometers of land area daily,” mentioned PhilSA in its web site.

MULA is greater than the 50-kg Diwata 1 and 56-kg Diwata 2 microsatellites.

It will likely be succesful of capturing excessive decision photos that can be utilized for catastrophe administration, land use and land cowl change mapping, crop monitoring, and forestry administration.

“With its capability to capture higher resolution images, we will be able to better monitor terrestrial ecosystems, as well as our land and marine resources to ensure both agricultural productivity and environmental integrity. In addition, we will also be able to assess environmental conditions to be more proactive in disaster management and mitigation,” mentioned PhilSA Deputy Director-General Gay Jane Perez.

The new satellite will even be geared up with Automatic Identification System and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast, which can be utilized for ship and plane detection and monitoring.

MULA Project Manager John Leur Labrador likened MULA to an astronaut in area.

“We can think of this spacecraft as a Filipino astronaut tasked to take images of our natural resources while monitoring aircraft and ship activity in our country at the same time,” he mentioned. “We aim to significantly increase the land area captured by this satellite compared to our previous ones, effectively increasing the information gathered from the produced images.”

Perez added that the creation of MULA is geared toward strengthening the nation’s area expertise.

“This is of course done not only to keep up with global competitiveness but most importantly, it is so we can minimize our reliance on foreign technologies…so we can have our own scientists and engineers whose expertise in space science and technologies can be targeted and tailored specifically to the needs of our land and our people,” she mentioned.

The mission is being developed by the Department of Science and Technology-funded Advanced Satellite and Know-how Transfer for the Philippines Project, as half of the company’s “priority agenda under the emerging technologies sector of providing space technology applications to public services.”

The University of the Philippines and the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute are implementing the mission, in coordination with PhilSA.

MULA is being designed and manufactured by British firm Surrey Space Technology.
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