The Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4 Space) Program key persons, together with the Space Science and Technology Proliferation through University Partnerships (STeP-UP) Project Scholars and faculty members from the planned university consortiums visited the Electronics Product Development Center (EPDC) last Thursday, March 07. They were part of the Small Satellites lectures and forum conducted by Dr. Mengu Cho, Professor at the Department of Electrical Engineering, and Dr. Sangkyun Kim, Assistant Professor at the Laboratory of Space Environment Interaction Engineering (LaSEINE) at Kyushu Institute of Technology Japan.

The Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) Program, the successor of the Development of Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite (PHL-Microsat) Program, is funded by the DOST-Philippines, monitored by DOST PCIEERD, and implemented through the collaboration between the DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI), University of the Philippines Diliman, and Japan’s Hokkaido University and Tohoku University.

The STeP-UP Project, on the other hand, is one of the four components of the STAMINA4Space Program. Under the project, Master of Science (MS) and Master of Engineering (MEng) in Electrical Engineering under the nanosatellite engineering track are developed, which includes learning how to build nanosatellites within the University’s Diliman campus and the design of cube satellites that will be tested for space environment at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan. The satellites will then be launched to the International Space Station for deployment and they will be trained on operating those satellites. The graduate scholarship program is supported by the DOST-Science Education Institute.