MANILA, Philippines – On Saturday, the University Laboratory for Small Satellites and Space Engineering Systems Buildings (ULyS³ES) was unveiled by the University of the Philippines Diliman (UPD) and the Department of Science and Technology Advanced Science and Technology Institute (DOST-ASTI).
The two new buildings will serve as a space technology research and development hub. Inside, researchers can use the facilities for small satellite development, also satellite bus and payload systems test and implementation.
DOST Grants-in-Aid in 2016 funded the buildings, which are worth roughly Php30 million.
ULyS³ES, worth roughly Php30 million, was funded by DOST Grants-in-Aid in 2016 during the establishment of the “Development of Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite (PHL-Microsat)”.
PHL-Microsat produced and launched two microsatellites, Diwata-1 and Diwata-2; and cube satellite Maya-1.
The ongoing “Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space)” followed the PHL-Microsat.
“At the time, the predicament was where to put the equipment, support systems that will launch PHL-Microsat? So that’s why the Ulysses project came about. And mainly, the ULyS³ES program was to actually just put up the infrastructure, to house the program. Before ULyS³ES, we just placed the facilities in existing areas,” DOST Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) Executive Director Dr. Enrico Paringit told Rappler. (HGBH/LMO)
Photo from DOST-ASTI website