Maya-4 Satellites

Satellite name Maya-4
Type CubeSat
Units or mass 1U
Organisation STeP UP University of the Philippines
Institution University
Entity type Academic / Education
Nation Philippines
Operator In-house?
Launch brokerer JAXA
Partners University of the Philippines Diliman, Kyushu Institute of Technology

Educational and amateur radio mission with near-infrared camera.


Automatic Packet Reporting System:

  • The APRS mission aims to provide digital message relay service to the amateur radio community by means of an onboard APRS digipeater.
  • The APRS digipeater shall support exchange of message packets between two or more hams in the footprint. The digipeater will use a VHF amateur frequency of 145.825 MHz for both receive and transmit.
  • Aside from servicing the amateur community, the system will also be used to identify and investigate challenges to benefit future satellite developers targeting more operational satellite missions.

Store and Forward:

  • Using the same hardware for APRS digipeater, Maya 3 will demonstrate a nanosatellite based remote data collection system.
  • Data from ground sensors will be sent via VHF 145.825 MHz and stored in the memory of the satellite. In addition to the missions presented above Maya 3 aims to contribute to the space science and technology community through in orbit single event latch up detection, magnetic field measurements using commercially available anisotropic magnetometer, and in orbit test of a commercially available GPS chip.

Maya 3 will also be used to explore a passive attitude stabilization mechanism consisting of magnets and hysteresis dampers for orienting the Cubesat. 5MP visual camera that will take photos and/or videos of the country. (Maya-1.1)

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Related Spacecraft

Spacecraft Status Launcher Date Orbit
Maya-3 (Maya-1.1, BIRDS-2S) Reentry 2022-08-02. Was operational (SatNOGS reports with data as of 2021-12-29) Falcon 9, (CRS-23) 2021-08-29 400 km, 51.6 deg, ISS
Maya-4 (Maya-1.2, BIRDS-2S) Reentry 2022-08-08. Was operational (SatNOGS reports with data as of 2021-12-29) Falcon 9, (CRS-23) 2021-08-29 400 km, 51.6 deg, ISS

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