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.
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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.