December 19, 2023 – Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) and the Philippines Space Agency (PhilSA) today announced the arrival of PhilSA engineers in Guildford, UK, to commence work on the manufacturing phase of their Medium Resolution Earth Observation Satellite mission. The Multispectral Unit for Land Assessment (MULA) project originally started in December 2020 and was designed for PhilSA engineers to develop hands-on space mission experience and to address Earth Observation applications of national and international importance. Now in manufacture, MULA will be developed and launched by PhilSA and SSTL engineers for operation from the Philippines. The project includes technology training and a technology licence for PhilSA to use as a basis for future domestic satellite missions that focus on national requirements. MULA is the first implementation of SSTL’s TrueColour optical payload, which is designed to provide 5m Ground-Sampling Distance imagery in the same 9 visible spectral bands as the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission, over a 120km swath. This allows PhilSA to utilise many off-the-shelf applications based on Sentinel data sets, at higher spatial and temporal resolution and supports disaster monitoring and impact assessment, forestry, precision agriculture, maritime surveillance, and land-use mapping. MULA is a 3-axis controlled 130kg satellite, measuring approximately 0.75×0.85x1m. It carries a green propulsion system in support of collision avoidance manoeuvres and end-of life disposal and carries secondary payloads for tracking of ship using the Automatic Identification of Ships (AIS) standard, and tracking of Aircraft using the Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) standard.