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First Satellite for the Philippines

A microsatellite called DIWATA-1 was jettisoned from the space station on April 27, becoming the Republic of the Philippines’ first satellite in orbit. The Earth-observer was developed and launched with the help of Japanese space agency JAXA and a handful of universities. The microsatellite is outfitted with several cameras that will collect meteorological data, especially for typhoons and heavy rains that can batter the island nation, and monitor other environmental factors for agriculture, fishery, and forestry departments.

Heather Goss is the Departments Editor at Air & Space.

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