The DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) marked the first year in orbit of DIWATA-1, the Philippines' first microsatellite, through the inaugural Pinoy Showcase of Space Technologies (PSST) on April 27, 2017 at the DOST-ASTI, UP Campus, Diliman, Quezon City.
Held in cooperation with the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) - funded research and development program, “Development of Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite” (PHL-Microsat), the PSST is part of the 30th anniversary celebration of the DOST-ASTI and featured the unveiling of the Philippine Earth Data Resource Observation (PEDRO) Center.
"The main highlight of the inaugural PSST was the showcase of our very own ground control station to download image data from DIWATA-1 microsatellite and the KOMPSAT-3 satellite during one of their scheduled passes over the Philippines," said DOST-ASTI Acting Director and PHL-Microsat Program Leader Dr. Joel Joseph S. Marciano, Jr. "In keeping with the theme of highlighting technology innovation, we chose to mark the occasion of DIWATA-1's first year in orbit by focusing on demonstrating the current local capability in satellite ground mission control."
The PEDRO Center is a multi-mission ground control station for receiving, processing, and distributing multi-sensor (optical and radar) images and telemetry data from several observation satellites which orbit over the Philippines. Said images support various application related to environmental monitoring, resource assessment and disaster risk reduction and management, among others. It houses the PHL-Microsat Ground Control Station, which is used to send commands to and receive data from DIWATA-1.
"There are potential benefits that we can get out of being capable in this particular area not only in disaster risk reduction or those related to climate change, but we can also monitor our natural resources, our agricultural crops, even our settlements, the hazards that are existing or shall we say posing risks," said Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato T. dela Peña.