PhilSA MULA satellite
3D renders of the MULA satellite. (Source: PhilSA)

The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) announced the Philippines is prepping for a commercial-grade satellite called Multispectral Unit for Land Assessment (MULA) by 2023.

This new Earth Observation satellite will be the country’s largest satellite to date, weighing 130kg. It can capture operational-quality images of about 100,000 km2 of land area daily. It will come with a TrueColor camera to capture 5m resolution images with a wide swath width of 120km.

The MULA satellite will also have 9 spectral bands for different environmental applications. This includes disaster management and land use, among many others. An Automatic Identification System and Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast is also integrated for ship and aircraft detection and tracking.

PhilSA said it’s making progress. In coordination with the agency, UP Diliman and the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) will be implementing the project. British company Surrey Space Technology Ltd (SSTL) will be designing and manufacturing the project.

“We are now moving forward with our first operational and industrial quality satellite aimed towards providing a wide range of socio-economic benefits for the country,” said Dr. Gay Jane Perez, PhilSA Deputy Director-General and ASP Project Leader.

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