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‘Diwata’ launch today

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Diwata-1, the country’s first 50-kilogram imaging microsatellite, is set to be brought to the International Space Station (ISS) via Orbital ATK Commercial Resupply Services Flight 6 (OA-6) Cygnus spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA, today.

Assembled by nine Filipino scientists (of which eight are UP graduates) in Tohoku University and Hokkaido University is set to be brought to the International Space Station (ISS) via Orbital ATK Commercial Resupply Services Flight 6 (OA-6) Cygnus spacecraft from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, USA, on 23 March 2016, 11:00-11:35 AM launch window, Philippine Standard Time.

Diwata-1 will be housed in the ISS by the KIBO Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), which will release the microsatellite into space through its Japan Small Satellite (JSS) deployer.

NASA TV coverage will start at 10:00AM, 23 March 2016, PST. A viewing session for UP and DOST officials of the rocket launch will be organized at the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute, University of the Philippines Diliman.

The session will connect the Philippines (UP and DOST) and Japan (Hokkaido University and Tohoku University) through video conferencing. (Joel C. Atencio)

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