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.

About the STAMINA4Space Program

The Sustained Support for Local Space Technology & Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) aims to continue and build up the research and capacity building activities from the PHL-Microsat Program on satellite development and operation in the country. The program components on payload (Project 1) and bus (Project 2) will develop technologies for small satellites in consideration of the attendant constraints and utilizing local materials and resources. For proliferation of know-how, the program component on establishing a university consortium (Project 3) will make use of cubesats and ground station network as educational and research platforms for university collaboration.Lastly, the component on operation (Project 4) will continue managing the missions of Diwata-1 and Diwata-2 as well as developing remote sensing products.

The STAMINA4Space Program is funded by the Department of Science and Technology and jointly implemented by the University of the Philippines-Diliman and DOST-Advanced Science and Technology Institute along with academe-industry-government partnerships.


Optical Payload Technology, In-depth Knowledge Acquisition, and Localization (OPTIKAL)

Building PHL-50: Localizing the Diwata-1,2 Bus System as the Country’s Space Heritage 50kg Microsatellite Bus (PHL-50)

Space Science and Technology Proliferation through University Partnerships (STeP-UP)

Ground Receiving and Archiving System Project (GRASP)


The Development of Philippine Scientific Earth Observation Microsatellite (PHL-Microsat) Program launched the first Filipino-made computing system in space, Diwata-1 and Maya-1. PHL-Microsat served as platform for research and capacity building in the country for space science and technology. Continuing the momentum of the PHL-Microsat, the Sustained Support for Local Space Technology and Applications Mastery, Innovation and Advancement (STAMINA4Space) Program aims to further build enabling environments in the country for interdisciplinary collaboration through engagements with the academe, industry, and other government agencies. PHL-Microsat and STAMINA4Space program are supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST).

Under STAMINA4Space Program is the Space Science and Technology Proliferation through University Partnerships (STeP-UP) Project, implemented by the UP Electrical and Electronics Engineering Institute (UP EEEI). STeP-UP will spearhead the establishment of an academic consortia for space science and engineering. One of its major goals is to encourage human resources development in the academe and translate know-how in space technology and applications to research and instruction. This will be done through the STeP-UP Scholarship Program in partnership with the Science Education Institute of DOST.

The STeP-UP Scholarship Program is open to all faculty affiliates of any secondary or tertiary academic institution in the Philippines. Applications will go through a competitive screening process to ensure selection of eight (8) highly qualified and motivated students. The students will have to enroll in the Master of Science or Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering in UP EEEI. The program highlights the following activities:

  • Students will team up in two groups, each group will build a 1U cubesat (10cm x 10cm x 10cm) to be launched via the International Space Station
  • Students will be sent to Kyushu Institute of Technology to test the space worthiness of their 1U cubesat through a two-week sandwich program focusing on learning space environment testing


  • Must be a faculty affiliate of any secondary and tertiary academic institution in the Philippines, with endorsement and consent from his/her home unit to study full time in this program
  • Must be committed to return as faculty of his/her sending academic institution upon completion of the degree program
  • Must be committed to take lead and contribute in the space endeavors of the country and in his/her home unit


Please send the following documents to on or before September 28, 2018:

  • Letter of intent from the applicant, including plans for teaching and research
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Certified True Copy of Transcript of Records
  • Letter of recommendation from the head or an authorized representative of the sending institution, with endorsement and commitment that the faculty member will be allowed to pursue his/her studies full time
  • Letter of endorsement from two former professors