Space capabilities contribute to national imperatives by strengthening the knowledge economy, supporting
national security, and advancing scientific discovery. In Volume 2: Space Technologies, we showcase the
underlying technology components and infrastructure, i.e. the upstream space segment, that enable the
generation, processing and utilization of space data. From the satellite “bus”, payloads,
assembly/integration/test (AIT) to the calibration and validation of satellite instruments, these
activities and capabilities facilitate the generation of data and the provision of downstream services.
One of the cornerstones upon which the Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) is built has been our prior work
on building small satellites, Diwata-1, Diwata-2, Maya-1 and Maya-2. Since our engineers and scientists
have been involved in the hands-on development of these space systems, we have gained access to
underlying technologies and know-how that we will use to our country’s advantage in building many more
useful and productive things.
Upstream space technologies proffer opportunities to forge high technology industries, with a capacity
to build advanced, high reliability products and/or their components. If satellite imagery data is like
water, then satellites are like the pipes and plumbing. Seldom do we care about the pipes and the
plumbing, so long as we get the water flowing into our homes. However, one who knows the pipes and its
intricacies can and does have the ability to determine the flow and the quality of the water. Obtaining
and retaining know-how in upstream space technologies and cascading them to local design and
manufacturing services will help put us on a path of building stronger industries in aerospace,
semiconductor, electronics, mechanical and materials, among others, that enhance our country’s global
market position and competitiveness. Investments in strengthening domestic capabilities in this area can
bring about more high value industrial activity.
In this volume, we also show the ground-based systems that enable us to communicate with and process the
data from satellites. This infrastructure is part of the “plumbing” that works in the background and is
largely invisible from an end user perspective, which we now shine a spotlight on and bring to the