Today, 21 February 2021 (1:36 AM Philippine Standard Time), the Philippines will once again make another historic mark in the field of space science!
The Maya-2 CubeSat🇵🇭 (cube satellite), developed by three Filipino students, will be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) along with Paraguay’s GuaraniSat-1 CubeSat🇵🇾 and Japan’s Tsuru CubeSat🇯🇵 for the BIRDS 4 Satellite Project – KyuTech aboard the Northrop Grumman CRS-15 mission.
The Filipino students who built Maya-2 came from different Philippine universities. The Maya-2 CubeSat team is composed of BIRDS-4 Project Manager Izrael Zenar C. Bautista who obtained his degree in MS Energy Engineering at the UP Diliman, BIRDS-4 Project Member Mark Angelo C. Purio who obtained his degree in MS Electronics Engineering at De La Salle University and his MA in Education at Adamson University, and BIRDS-4 Project Member Marloun Sejera obtained his degree in MS in Electronics and Communications Engineering at the Mapúa Institute of Technology. All three of them are currently pursing PhD in Space Systems Engineering and Space Engineering at 九州工業大学 Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech).
Maya-2 CubeSat’s development is part of the 4th Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite project. The Joint Global Multi-nation “BIRDS-4 Satellite Project” is a cross-border interdisciplinary CubeSat project hosted at Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan, in collaboration with the three nations.
Maya-2 was developed through the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), UP Diliman, Kyutech’s 4th Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite (BIRDS-4) Project, and with the support of the Philippine Space Agency.
Watch the livestream on NASA – National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s website: live: https://www.nasa.gov/nasalive