While the country relies on strong partnerships with foreign universities to launch satellites like Diwata-2, the ultimate goal has been to build them here. This 2019, a new graduate program track launched at the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute aims to train our country’s future crop of satellite builders in-house. The STeP-UP program expands the Institute’s Masters in Engineering program to include a track specializing in nanosatellite engineering. The program welcomed its first batch of scholars this year, and they plan to launch two cube satellites when they graduate—this time completely made and designed in the Philippines.

How can we make a tumbling box in space obey our commands? In this feature, Engr. Ariston Gonzalez of the PHL-Microsat team tells the story of how their team built Diwata-2 to use various high-tech sensors to and instruments to point and shoot like a space-faring photographer.