Yes, Mr. Gerwin Guba, a true blue blooded CdDian is a prime player in the design and creation of Philippines’ microsatellite called DIWATA – 1. He is the senior of a nine man Filipino team composed of engineers and scientists.
The DIWATA -1 is a 50 –kilogram microsatellite which will be sent to space and be used to photograph aftermaths of natural disasters and other data gathering activities. Partnering with governments, universities and other organizations based in Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Mongolia, Thailand, and Vietnam, two satellites are commissioned for the Philippine government.
The Philippines handed over the DIWATA -1 to the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) which will arrange its shipment to the United States from where it will be launched into space in April.
The said microsatellite could pave the way for a local satellite –building industry. The Department of Science and Technology’s capacity building efforts for DIWATA – 1 has the potential to be an industry that would complement the robust electronics sector and emerging aerospace industry.
Guba is also a big part in the creation of the country’s biggest weather casting, disaster prevention and mitigation system facility called Project N.O.A.H. which was launched July of 2012.
Colegio de Dagupan is very proud of Gerwin Guba’s achievements.