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PH first high-power hybrid rocket to take off today May 19


The country's first high-power hybrid rocket will soon conquer outer space.
TALA will take off later

TALA to make history today May 19

According to the Philippine Space Agency, TALA will be launched on May 19.

The Philippine Space Agency (PhilSA) has refueled the launch of TALA, the first high-power hybrid rocket developed in the Philippines by homegrown space technology researchers, students, and their mentors from St. Cecilia's College-Cebu, it said in a social media post.

The launch will be in Crow Valley, Capas, Tarlac, PhilSA said.

TALA measures 10 feet in height and weighs 15 kilograms. It was created in 2018 using 3D-printed advanced composite materials, under the Young Innovators Program of the DOST-PCIEERD.
TALA's flight profile according to PhilSA
TALA's flight profile according to PhilSA

Among its features are flight sensors, a GPS, a dual parachute deployment, and a payload system to bring a Can Satellite (CanSat) up to approximately 5 kilometers into the atmosphere.

According to the TALA team, sending CanSats into the atmosphere using hybrid rockets is more effective than deploying these simulated satellites using drones, since hybrid rockets can deploy to higher altitudes. CanSats are used in educational settings to remotely gather environment data, PhilSA said.

TALA's launch was supposed to be in March 2020 from Mati City Airport, Davao Oriental. However, it had to be postponed indefinitely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Source: PhilSA

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