Diwata Micro Satellite. The First-ever Filipino-made micro satellite dubbed 'Diwata' in 2016.

In recent months, we’ve seen how the government and telcos are working together to improve our internet connectivity amid the pandemic.

As part of the initiatives aiming to enhance the country’s connectivity, the government is now giving the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) additional funding to launch a satellite.

But why the PhilSA is launching a satellite? What is the benefit of having another satellite?

The agency explained that the new satellite would help in gathering useful data, expanding access to connectivity, and support other technologies in the long run.

Let’s start with gathering useful data. Imagine satellites as a merge between CCTV and Google Maps. Technically, satellites provide us with a bird’s eye view of Earth, enabling us to collect more data faster than instruments on the ground.

Data gathered by satellites are extremely vital for improving navigation, weather forecasting, and environmental monitoring.

Satellites are also capable of improving connectivity. Because satellites orbit the Earth, even the country’s remotest areas that signals from telco towers cannot reach can have internet access easily.

The last but not the least, satellites also increase opportunities for both space and non-space sectors. They can benefit sectors ranging from agriculture to education, thus helping the country’s entire economy.

The Philippines had already successfully launched five satellites, with two currently active in the International Space Station (ISS) and one on the Earth’s orbit.

The latest addition will help in realizing missions critical not only for the development of local electronics and aerospace industries but also for the betterment of the country as a whole.

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