President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. on Wednesday lauded the Philippine Satellite Agency (PhilSa) for its development of the Multi-spectral Unit for Land Assessment (MULA) satellite, which is purely Filipino-made.

In a meeting with Science and Technology Secretary Renato Solidum and PhilSa officials Marcos Jr. said he was looking forward to the development of MULA, which is set to be launched in 2025.

MULA will be the largest Philippine-made satellite to date.

Weighing approximately 130 kilos, the satellite can cover 73,000 square kilometers a day and gather data from land, air and sea areas inside the Philippine territory.

According to a Palace press release, the satellite can detect air and water quality, determine abundant fishing grounds, zoom in on traffic situations and detect the presence of ships in Philippine waters, among others.

It is eyed to improve maritime domain awareness, territorial monitoring and security evaluation.

PhilSa, created through the Philippine Space Act, is mandated to safeguard Philippine sovereignty, territorial integrity, Philippine interest, and the right to self-determination as mandated by the 1987 Constitution. John Ezekiel J. Hirro