Curious about what it’s like to be a space scientist in the Philippines?
Through the newly launched virtual reality simulation (VRS) app of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST), people can now explore the country’s space facilities and satellites using their cell phones.
The Advanced Science and Technology Institute (Asti) VRS app, which works like a mobile game, features the three ground receiving stations (GRS) located in Quezon City, Iloilo City and Davao City.
Available through the Philippine Earth Data Resource Observation (Pedro) Center, the stations facilitate the earth observation satellite transceiver antennas responsible for the transmission and reception of space data.
The Asti VRS app has three main control buttons: movement, jump and look around. Users can navigate through the facilities and a laboratory that showcases the different satellites developed by the country, including the foreign ones it is subscribed to.
When opening the app, there are four options or locations one can choose from to explore. The first is the Asti GRS building in Diliman, Quezon City, that houses the 3.7-meter earth observation satellite tracking antenna.