2 Philippine Navy officers part of developing Maya 3, 4 CubeSats


Two Philippine Navy officers Naval Research and Technology Development Center research chief Lieutenant Marielle M. Gregorio and Lieutenant Junior Grade Christy A. Raterta are both part of the team which built Maya-3 and Maya-4 CubeSats. Derick Canceran, Judiel Reyes, Gladys Bajaro, Lorilyn Daquioag, Bryan Custodio, and Renzo Wee are also part of the team.

Maya-3 and Maya-4 were launched to the ISS on August 29, 2021 at 3:14 pm (PST) aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket’s Dragon C208 as part of SpaceX Commercial Resupply Mission-23 (SpX-23).

SpaceX’s Dragon cargo containing the Maya-3 and Maya-4 CubeSats successfully docked to the International Space Station on August 30 at 10:30 pm (PST).

The development of the CubeSats are part of the course requirements of the Master of Science (MS) or Master of Engineering (MEng) under the nanosatellite engineering track under the Space Space Science and Technology Proliferation through University Partnerships (STeP-UP) project of the STAMINA4Space Program, which is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and is implemented by the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) and the DOST Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI).


The nanosatellite development track under the Master of Science (MS) or Master of Engineering (MEng) program of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute of the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD-EEEI) is also implemented in collaboration with the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan and with scholarship support from the Department of Science and Technology’s Science Education Institute (DOST-SEI).

“Weighing approximately 1.15 kilograms per unit with 10-centimeter cubic frames, these CubeSats house components that are designed to demonstrate nanosatellite-based remote data collection systems and optical imaging,” the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) said.

“Its mission and payloads were conceptualized and developed to test and demonstrate technologies that can later on be used to provide data that may be used in a number of applications across various sectors such as agriculture, environment and natural resources, and disaster risk reduction and management, among others. These CubeSats can also be used to demonstrate technologies such as data collection systems that work with ground-based sensors and radios that serve the amateur radio community and emergency response teams,” PhilSA said.