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Imagery from Diwata-1 are expected to make it easier to identify areas affected by disasters such as floods and fires.

Imagery from Diwata-1 are expected to make it easier to identify areas affected by disasters such as floods and fires.

Diwata-1, the Philippines’ first microsatellite, collected and returned test images of some portions of Dumingag town in Zamboanga del Sur, a mountainous area in Mindanao, according to an attached agency of the country’s Department of Science and Technology. The images were taken by the high-precision telescope (HPT), one of four cameras onboard Diwata-1.

The Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) and the University of the Philippines Diliman noted that the images have a ground resolution of three meters at nadir (lowest point), which is the highest resolution attained by a microsatellite in the 50-kilogram class.

ASTI and UPD are coordinating with Japan’s Hokkaido and Tohoku Universities, which currently handle Diwata-1’s operation.

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