ASTI Virtual Reality Simulation Launch

ASTI Virtual Reality Simulation Launch

25 August 2021 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

via Zoom

[Official Press Kit]


Since its establishment in 2016, the Philippine Earth Data Resource and Observation (PEDRO) Center became the hub of our Ground Receiving Stations, consequently managing the reception, processing and distribution of satellite images and other spaceborne data to the public. Aside from that, the PEDRO Center also played host to the finer space infrastructure of the country, attracting experts and novices alike to a tour of the facilities.

The development of the ASTI Virtual Reality Simulation (ASTI VRS) App – an incorporation of the three Ground Receiving Stations and satellites, all in an android app – is one of DOST-ASTI's attempts to bring the space closer to the Filipino people. The application, available in Google Playstore free of charge, features a comprehensive computer-generated simulation of the ASTI-GRS in Metro Manila, the Davao GRS in Davao City and the Iloilo GRS in Iloilo that users can explore. The application also includes a satellite showcase where users can learn about the Filipino-made Diwata and Maya satellites as well as the different commercial satellites the PEDRO Center subscribes to.

Despite the challenges and hindrances we are facing during the COVID-19 pandemic, our enthusiasm for the pursuit of knowledge, especially for the youth, should remain fierce and ambitious. The ASTI VRS App aims to further raise the public awareness of these existing space technology and infrastructure through the more democratizing digital space, giving chance for everyone to take a step closer to space.

Schedule of Activities

9:30 – 10:00 AM

Event Registration​

10:05 – 10:15 AM

Message from the Secretary

Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña, DOST

10:15 – 10:20 AM

Message from the Undersecretary for R&D

Dr. Rowena Cristina L. Guevara, DOST​

10:20 – 10:30 AM

An Introduction to PEDRO Center & ASTI Virtual Reality Simulation App

Engr. Alvin E. Retamar, DOST-ASTI

Engr. Harold Bryan S. Paler, DOST-ASTI​

10:30 – 10:40 AM

Lightning Talk: Philippine Space Agency

10:40 - 10:50 AM

Lightning Talk: STAMINA4Space's Project 4: Ground Receiving, Archiving, Science Product Development and Distribution (GRASPED)

10:50 – 11:00 AM

An Introduction to the Philippine Satellite Watch

11:00 – 11:10 AM

Lightning Talk: Remote Sensing and Data Science (DATOS) Help Desk

11:10 – 11:20 AM

Lightning Talk: SAR with AIS Project

11:20 – 11:30 AM

Lightning Talk: Understanding Lightning and Thunderstorms (ULAT)

11:30 – 11:50 AM

Game Play: ASTI VRS

11:50 – 12:00 PM

Question & Answer

12:0 – 12:10 PM

Closing Remarks

Director Franz A. de Leon, DOST-ASTI


Franz A. de Leon, Ph.D.
Director, DOST-ASTI

Dr. de Leon is a graduate of BS Electronics and Communications Engineering and MS in Electrical Engineering at the University of the Philippines - Diliman. He earned his Ph.D. in Electronic and Electrical Engineering at the University of Southampton in United Kingdom in 2014. He also served as part of the UP faculty for engineering students, with interests in Digital Signal Processing for Audio and Communications.

He was also involved in one of the collaborative projects of the DOST-ASTI with UP Diliman as the project leader for the Development of a Philippine Indigenous Instrument Sounds Database, also known as Project KATUNOG.

Last April 15, Dr. de Leon was officially sworn into office as the new director of the DOST-ASTI.


  • Closing Remarks Video (to be uploaded)


Engr. Alvin E. Retamar
Chief SRS, Solutions and Services Engineering Division (SSED)



Engr. Harold Bryan S. Paler
Senior SRS, Solutions and Services Engineering Division (SSED)



Jo Brianne Briones
Information Officer IV
Philippine Space Agency



Engr. Romer Kristi Aranas
Information Technology Officer
Philippine Space Agency



Engr. Roel M. De La Cruz
Senior Science Research Specialist



Adrian Aristotle P. Dellagas
Science Research Specialist I



Mark Gerald Sy
Project Assistant IV


  • Demo Video (to be uploaded)



Press Contact

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