The PHL-Microsat Program is a three-year space research and development program that ran from 2014 to 2018. This page is maintained by its successor, STAMINA4Space.

Project 2

Ground Receiving Station for the Philippine Microsatellite Program

Hosting Institution

Advanced Science and Technology Institute

ASTI Bldg., Technology Park, C.P. Garcia Ave., U.P. Diliman, Quezon City

+63 2 426-9764/+63 2 925-8598

Project Leader

Engr. Alvin Retamar



A ground receiving station is a significant sub-system of the Philippine Microsatellite Program. It allows space borne images taken by an orbiting microsatellite to be transmitted to earth for use in various scientific and civilian applications. Likewise, it is used to control and transmit commands from the ground to the microsatellite so that it can carry out its mission effectively. To support the ground receiving station, an archiving and distribution facility will be leveraged to deliver imagery to end users.

This component project is significant because:

To complement the ground receiving station and in view of the research interests of ASTI, the institute will also engage in capability building and training related to telemetry, tracking and control (TT&C), satellite bus design and development, mission planning, and system integration and tests (ex. Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) tests which can be done at the EPDC). These complementary activities are also indicated in the program proposal.