2016 Paper on “Establishment of a Multi-Mission Ground Receiving Station for the Philippines”

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This paper presents the design specifications, initial satellite missions to be tracked, current status, and future plans in the establishment of a Multi-Mission Ground Receiving Station (MMGRS) which will be called the Philippine Earth Data Resource and Observation (PEDRO) Center. PEDRO seeks to provide both optical and SAR imagery for various applications such as disaster mitigation, emergency response management, agriculture, forestry, environmental monitoring, and other scientific applications. The center will aid government agencies in decision-making, policy creation, monitoring as well as enhance research activities. PEDRO will also support the DIWATA-1 mission, the Philippines first microsatellite, which was launched last March 22, 2016 EDT at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA. Currently, satellite imagery can be made available in case a disaster occurs. Likewise, available imagery are also being used to develop operational remote sensing products for agriculture and forestry. PEDRO seeks to track more satellite missions in the near future to further increase the frequency of observation over the Philippine territory. A second antenna is being considered to be established in another location to provide redundancy and increase PEDRO’s capacity to receive space-borne imagery.


Alvin E. Retamar Chief Science Research Specialist Alvin started his engagement with the DOST-ASTI under the Presidential Summer Youth Work Program (PSYWP) and had been absorbed by the agency and risen in rank through his years of service. Being the SSED Chief, he leads notable projects of their group such as the Philippine Earth Data Resource Observation Center (PEDRO), and Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Automatic Identification System (AIS) for Innovative Terrestrial Monitoring and Maritime Surveillance (NovaSAR-S) among others. He is also part of the Development of Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite (PHL-MICROSAT) Program as the leader in Project 2 entitled “Establishment of Ground Receiving Station for the PHL-MICROSAT”.
Jericho C. Capito Science Research Specialist II Jericho is a licensed Electronics Engineer and a former faculty member of the Laguna State Polytechnic University, prior to joining the DOST – ASTI. He started in the agency as a project-based staff in 2011 and eventually as a regular employee two years after. Currently, he is taking his Master’s Degree in Electronics Engineering at the University of the Philippines-Diliman while also being an active member of the Solutions and Services Engineering Division’s (SSED) Embedded System’s Group (ESG).

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14th International Conference on Space Operations 2016

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Aerospace Research Central

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