LOOK: Diwata-1 sends new hi-res images of PH, US areas

Alex Villafania, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 03 2016 04:57 PM

Photo courtesy of DOST-ASTI.

MANILA -- Diwata-1, the microsatellite built in the Philippines, has sent high-resolution images of portions of the mountainous area of Dumingag, Zamboanga, as well as an urban area in Florida in the United States. 

When compared side-by-side with shots taken by the Landsat 8 Operational Land Imager satellite, operated by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Diwata-1 images looked much sharper and detailed, highlighting the smaller satellite’s high precision telescope. 

Photo courtesy of DOST-ASTI.

(WATCH: Launch of Diwata-1 micro satellite)

In a statement, the Department of Science and Technology – Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI) said the Diwata-1 images of Dumingag were taken last May 19 at 9:07 a.m. (Philippine Standard Time) while the Landsat 8 images were taken on May 21 at 10:06. 

Meanwhile, the Florida photos were taken by both satellites on June 30. 

The ability of the microsatellite to take high-resolution photos would allow for both scientific research as well as to monitor environmental and natural hazards, particularly forest fires and typhoons. 

What Diwata-1 will do in space

Diwata-1 was launched on March 23, 2016. It was an endeavor of the DOST in partnership with the Tohoku University. 

The microsatellite is quite compact – barely the size of two suitcases stacked on top of each other and weighed only 50 kilograms. 

In comparison, NASA’s Landsat 8 is about the size of a small car and weighed over 2,600 kilograms.