#DOSTPressReleases: Maya-3 and Maya-4 now flying high as space technology takes up space in the upcoming Science Week
The country is flying high with its aggressive thrust of harnessing the power of space technology by developing microsatellites, cube satellites, and nanosatellites that can be used for various applications.
Maya-3 and Maya-4, the first Philippine university-built cube satellites (CubeSats), are now in orbit after their successful deployment from the International Space Station (ISS) on Wednesday, 06 October 2021. The so-called ‘cousin’ of these two cube satellites is Maya-1 which is the first Filipino cube satellite that was developed under the Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite program (PHL-Microsat).
This was jointly implemented by the DOST and the University of the Philippines as part of the Kyushu Institute of Technology-led multinational second Joint Global Multi-Nations Birds Satellite (BIRDS-2). Maya-1’s mission in space included the following: Remote Data Collection by Store-and-Forward (S&F) Mechanism (S&F Mission); Image and Video Capture (CAM Mission), GPS Chip Demonstration (GPS Mission); Detection of an Electronics Circuit Anomaly due to Space Radiation (SEL Mission); and Magnetic Field Measurement in Space using an Anisotropic Magnetoresistance Sensor (AMR-MM Mission). It was released into space on 10 August 2018 via the ISS and was decommissioned on 23 November 2020 after gathering numerous data and images.
Another sibling, the Maya-2, weighing 1.3 kgs was deployed into space on 14 March 2021 with two other cube satellites from Paraguay and Japan, all of which are part of the Kyushu Institute of Technology’s (Kyutech) 4th Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite (BIRDS-4) Project. To this date, Maya-2 is still hovering above us with the following mission: Remote Data Collection by Store-and-Forward (S&F) Mechanism (S&F Mission); Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) APRS-Digipeater Payload Demonstration on Cubesat (APRS-DP Mission); Image and Video Capture (CAM mission); Demonstration of active attitude stabilization and control; Testing of Perovskite solar cells in space; Demonstration of CubeSat structure as antenna; Test of Latchup-detection chip; and Test of COTS glue for solar cell attachment.
Maya-3 and Maya-4 both weighs approximately 1.15 kilograms per unit with 10-centimeter cubic frames, these CubeSats have components that are designed to demonstrate nanosatellite-based remote data collection systems and optical imaging. The CubeSats are now moving along an orbit similar to that of the ISS at an altitude of approximately 400 kilometers from Earth.
These latest CubeSats were built under the Space Science and Technology Proliferation through University Partnerships (STeP-UP) project of the STAMINA4Space Program, which is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), and is implemented by the University of the Philippines Diliman and the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI). The nanosatellite development track under the Master of Science (MS) or Master of Engineering (MEng) program of the Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute of the UP Diliman is also implemented in collaboration with the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan and with scholarship support from the Science Education Institute of the DOST.
Maya-3- and Maya-4 have for their mission as follows: Demonstration of Ground Data Acquisition using Store and Forward (S&F mission); Commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) APRS-Digipeater Payload Demonstration on Cubesat (APRS-DP mission); Image and Video Capture (RGB CAM mission); Demonstration of Near-Infrared camera (NIR CAM mission), for Maya-4 only; GPS Chip Demonstration (GPS mission); Detection of and protection from Single Event Latch-up due to space radiation (SEL mission); and Magnetic Field Measurement in Space using an Anisotropic Magnetoresistance Sensor (AMR-MM mission).
Aside from the many benefits that Maya-3 and Maya-4 bring, the development of these CubeSats provides opportunities for Filipino space scientists and engineers to learn and acquire space technology know-how and gain hands-on experience in satellite development that will eventually uplift local human resource capabilities with the aim of strengthening the country’s space initiatives and programs.
With DOST’s continued support for the development of space science in the country, space technology will be one of the topics in the webinars as one of the highlights of the virtual celebration of the 2021 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) from 22-28 November 2021. Many other technologies and innovations ranging from agriculture to enterprise development to nuclear science and to artificial intelligence, among others, will be featured with the main theme this year titled, “Agham at Teknolohiya: Tugon sa Hamon ng Panahon”. To know more of and join the different activities, forums, and webinars during the science week, please visit its website at www.nstw.dost.gov.ph.

In line with the conduct of the 2021 Regional Science & Technology Week, the Zamboanga Consortium for Health Research and Development conducted the Basic Research Ethics Training. The said training aimed to help participants understand its principle on the different moral dimension of research enabling the application of ethical concepts that is to avoid, recognize, and correct ethical issues in research through workshops.




Over twenty-one (21) participants from different ZCHRD member institutions namely, Ateneo de Zamboanga University, Jose Rizal Memorial State University, Saint Columban College, Universidad de Zamboanga, Zamboanga City Medical Center, and Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology.

The 3-day Basic Research Ethics Training is composed of nine (9) sessions and seven (7) workshops with resource speakers from the Research Ethics Review Committee members of the Zamboanga Consortium for Health Research and Development.

 On the first day of training, Mr. Ricardo J. Apolinario conducted plenary sessions on the following topics: a.) ethics and research, b.) defining research ethics principles, and c.) favorable benefits and risks ratio. For the workshops, the participants were divided into three (3) groups, workshops were conducted after every topic to let the participants share their experiences and new insights on each topic. In day 1, three (3) workshops were conducted that focused on a.) incident of unethical research, b.) applying research ethics principles, and c.) measuring benefits and risks.

 On the second day of training, Ms. Maisie Faith J. Dagapioso tackled the following topics: a.) preparing an adequate and appropriate informed consent process and form, b.) protecting vulnerability in research, c.) selecting research subjects fairly. After every lecture, there were three (3) workshops conducted, a.) obtaining informed consent (analyzing the scenario), b.) protecting the vulnerable, and c.) scientific soundness and just.

On the third day of training, Mr. Halid M. Tamano, discussed the following topics: a.) qualified researcher, b.) international and national guidelines, c.) navigating the ethics review process.  

At the end of the 3-day training, the speakers successfully helped the participants understand the basic principles and concepts of ethics in research, pointing-out and correcting ethical issues, and helped motivate the participants to advocate quality ethical research. The speakers also reminded the participants that in a study involving human as the subject, the proponent/researchers must observe and implement the ethical guidelines and principles to safeguard the privacy and dignity of the person/s involved. 





The Zamboanga Consortium for Health Research and Development conducted the monitoring meeting together with the two (2) project leaders of different studies, Dr. Servando D. Halili, Jr. (Presence of Microplastics in the five most common fishes sold at the selected markets in Zamboanga City), and Ms. Julienne Stephanie F. Agapin (Development of Active Packaging Films from Calamansi Peels and Cacao Pods). This monitoring gives the opportunity to the project leaders to discuss their quarterly accomplishments, problems encountered, and  disbursements of funds. 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, PIA (August 9) -- Health researchers in the Philippines wish to come up for long term social innovations in health, to help alleviate the health care system of the country.

“Social innovation prioritizes impact, agility, operation and financial sustainability to achieve delivery of long term health services,” said Dr. Mary Ann Lansang, Chief of Party, Collaborating, Learning and Adopting for Improved Health (CLAimHealth) during her talk in a week-long celebration of Philippine National Health Research System today, August 09.



Published on: August 09, 2021

The research results of social innovations will help identify the role of human resources for health.

With the given role, the CLAimHealth and Philippine Council for Health Research and Development (PCHRD) aim to deploy research results that could sustain long term goals and will not fall short during its implementation.

Dr. Lansang calls on private stakeholders and government agencies for provision of support to social innovations for the betterment of the country’s health care unit.

The PCHRD Executive Director Dr. Jaime Montoya, emphasized  that "social innovation is the key because it’s finding creative ways of making sure that research results benefit the community and everyone.”  (NBE/JRA/PIA9-Zamboanga City)

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