Maya 2 cubesat launched with 3 Pinoy space engineers

February 21, 2021 (1:36 AM Philippine Standard Time) is now forever etched in the history of space science in the Philippines with the launch of the country’s second cube satellite, called Maya-2 CubeSat, that was developed by three Filipino student engineers. 
The Maya-2 CubeSat was launched through the International Space Station (ISS) along with Paraguay’s GuaraniSat-1 CubeSat and Japan’s Tsuru CubeSat for the BIRDS 4 Satellite Project – KyuTech aboard the Northrop Grumman CRS-15 mission.
The Maya-2 CubeSat team is composed of BIRDS-4 Project Manager Izrael Zenar C. Bautista who obtained his degree in MS Energy Engineering from the University of the Philippines Diliman; BIRDS-4 Project member Mark Angelo C. Purio, on the other hand, obtained his degree in MS Electronics Engineering from the De La Salle University and his MA in Education from Adamson University; and BIRDS-4 Project member Marloun Sejera who earned his degree in MS in Electronics and Communications Engineering from the Mapúa Institute of Technology. 
Incidentally, the three Filipino space engineers are now pursing doctoral degrees in Space Systems Engineering and Space Engineering at the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech).
According to Secretary Fortunato T. de la Peña of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Maya-2 is the country’s fourth satellite that was launched through the International Space Station (ISS). Diwata 1 and 2, both microsatellites, were launched in 23 March 2016 and 29 October 2018, respectively, while Maya-1 was launched in 29 June 2018.
“Since DOST started the Philippine Space Technology Development Program in 2014, we have already sent orbiting into space two micro satellites, Diwata-1 and Diwata-2, and two nanosatellites Maya-1 and Maya-2,” de la Peña said. 
The science chief also said that the DOST’s Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) and the University of the Philippines Diliman’s Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineering (UP IEEE) are the implementors of the satellite development projects in cooperation with two Japanese universities, Hokkaido University and Tohoku University. 
This initiative is also part of the Stamina4Space Program of the DOST funded by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technology Research and Development (PCIEERD) and implemented by the Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI).The Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) Program is a space research & development program that aims to further develop deep expertise that enable and sustain the growth of a local scientific-industrial base in space technology and applications in the Philippines.
The development of Maya-2 CubeSat is part of the 4th Joint Global Multi-Nation Birds Satellite project called “BIRDS-4 Satellite Project” that is a cross-border interdisciplinary CubeSat project hosted by the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan, in collaboration with the three countries. 
The Maya-2 CubeSat weighs 1.3kg equipped with a camera for image and video capture, attitude determination and control units for active attitude stabilization and control demonstrations, Perovskite solar cells and Latchup-detection chip, and an Automatic Packet Reporting System Message Digipeater (APRS-DP).
According to Professor Paul Jayson Co, project leader of the STAMINA4Space Space Science and Technology Proliferation through University Partnerships (STeP-UP), the satellites use commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) components to verify proper function in space and the information gathered from BIRDS-4 will form the basis for usage of these COTS components for future space missions. Co was also quoted, saying that the satellites also carry a store-and-forward payload that can be used to gather data from ground sensors for more practical applications like for weather and infectious disease analysis.
Furthermore, Co disclosed that aside from the Maya-2 CubeSat, there will be two more, Maya-3 and Maya-4, that will be launched within the year.
Moving forward, these projects are seen to further intensify the efforts of the country to harness the power of satellite technology for other purposes like those for agriculture, forest cover and natural resources inventory, weather forecasting, and disaster damage assessment and monitoring, among others.
De la Peña also revealed that the Philippines is aggressively pursuing its space development program because of its many benefits to the Filipinos. In a press statement, the science chief said, “The succeeding micro satellites Diwata-3 and Diwata-4 and succeeding nanosatellites are now in various stages of development, now done completely in the Philippines.” 
Detailed from S&T Media Service)
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CALABARZON Food Solutions Hub offers vacuum freeze dryer to MSMEs

The micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in the CALABARZON region can now avail of the vacuum freeze dryer housed at the CALABARZON Food Solutions Hub (C-FoSH), a facility jointly managed by the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in partnership with Laguna State Polytechnic University (LSPU), Association of Laguna Food Processors (ALAFOP), and co-funded by the Department of Science and Technology-CALABARZON.
Vacuum freeze-dried foods are popularly consumed by astronauts and the military, and are usually utilized for emergency food packs. More so, freeze drying is an innovative method that can help assure MSMEs of high-quality products. Freeze drying is a drying method best known to help retain the nutritional quality, taste, shape, and size of the food product. 
The Vacuum Freeze Dryer (VFD) is one of the equipment in the facility that can greatly improve the food products of MSMEs in the region and will greatly increase their market competitiveness. 
Furthermore, vacuum freeze-dried foods help ensure consumers that they are getting real fruits and vegetables in their diets. The VFD method also removes water from the food variant, ensuring that there is no room for bacterial growth. VFD’s benefits in turn help food manufacturers in maintaining good quality and safe food packaging for their products.

From left Provincial Director Engr. Samuel Caperiña of PSTC Laguna makes a customary inspection of C-FoSH’s newly acquired Vacuum Freeze Dryer. Right: DOST-CALABARZON, represented by Provincial Director Engr. Samuel Caperiña, LSPU and ALFOP, represented by Engr.Augusto Agus, pose with the suppliers of the Vacuum Freeze Dryer. Photo credits: Ms. Vetch Caperiña
Detailed from Wilma G. del Rosario and Demee Angelica S. Ludia 
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Pinggang Pinoy® as huge help especially out of home eaters amidst of COVID19 

According to THE Department of Science and Technology’s Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI) food consumption component of the 8th National Nutrition Survey (NNS) in 2013. Around 4 out of 10 Filipino adults 19 to 59 years old are out-of-home eaters.  
Additional information from the DOST-FNRI Food Establishments Survey (FES), a component of the Local Level Food, Health and Nutrition Survey (LFHNS) conducted from 2016 to 2017, also revealed that majority of these adults were younger adults 19 to 29 years old who mostly belong to the workforce. 
In mid-March of 2020, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte imposed an Enhanced Community Quarantine over the entire Luzon, including the National Capital Region (NCR), leaving most employees with no other choice but to work from home. 
The Telegraph (UK) even dubbed the Philippines as the country with the longest lockdown, as restrictions are enforced until now. 
Prolonged challenges and risks linked to COVID-19 has been causing pandemic fatigue for many people, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). 
Indeed, eating out-of-home has affected not only those who are accustomed of going out, but also business establishments.
At present, only partial lockdowns based on the recommendations of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) are implemented across the country. 
As previous stringent restrictions are gradually eased, the number of people who are eating out-of-home to beat the pandemic fatigue is dramatically increasing. 
However, with the rise in the number of individuals eating out-of-home, there is also a possibility for COVID-19 cases to increase. 
Thus, minimum public health standards and protocols should still be observed when going outside of our homes. 
The IATF guidelines update released in December 2020 stated that: ”…dine-in restaurants, fast food and food retail establishments, including those in supermarkets, grocery stores, and food preparation establishments should only be at a maximum of fifty percent (50%) seating capacity”. 
Similarly, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States suggests the adoption of appropriate ventilation systems for establishments to avoid airborne transmission of COVID-19. 

Moreover, there should be single entry and exit points to avoid crowding, as well as physical barriers for individuals to remain at least six feet apart. 
It is also advised to clean and disinfect surfaces, use disposable utensils, and provide physical barriers between seats, along with designated washing areas. 
Although establishments follow the recommended measures, it is vital to follow the health and safety protocols as mandatory as a personal safety practices; wearing of face mask and face shield, as well as frequent hand washing and disinfection to avoid the further spread of COVID-19. 
Aside from the recommended health measures, the DOST-FNRI Dr. Imelda Angeles-Agdeppa, also a Scientist II, is the newly-appointed and 8th DOST-FNRI Director, succeeding Dr. Mario V. Capanzana also encourages to follow the Pinggang Pinoy® an easy-to-understand visual tool to help Filipinos adopt healthy eating habits at meal times especially in the time of COVID-19. 
Detailed from DOST FNRI S & T Media Services
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