Pinoy scholars now in Japan to test CubeSats Maya-3, Maya-4 before launching to space

The first batch of Space Science Proliferation through University Partnerships (STeP-UP) scholars, are now in Japan for the testing phase of cube satellites (CubeSats) Maya-3 and Maya-4, Space Technology & Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) said in its social networking page on December 22. STeP-UP is a component of STAMINA4Space.

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CubeSats Maya-3 and Maya-4 were built and designed by the Filipino scholars under the STeP-UP program.

“With the help of UP’s partner, the Kyushu Institute of Technology (KyuTech), the first batch of STeP-UP scholars was trained in the first ever Master’s in Engineering in Electrical Engineering program, with a special focus on nanosatellite engineering, at the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (EEEI),” UP said in a release in November.

“The pioneering class used the knowledge they gained to create the first locally built nano- or cube satellites, Maya 3 and 4,” UP added.

Maya 3 and 4 are planned to be handed over to Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) for launching in February 2021.

“While barely being over a kilogram in mass each, the satellites can contribute considerably to the country’s economic, territorial, and disaster risk reduction efforts,” UP explained.

The second batch of scholars taking the STeP-UP program is also underway. They will be working on Maya 5 and Maya 6.