Mauritius through the Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation has proudly announced that a 100% Mauritian satellite will be launched in 2019 from the International Space Station (ISS).
This has been made possible through the selection process of the UNOOSA-JAXA KiboCUBE programme. The team from the Mauritius Research Council was selected by this United Nations capacity building initiative. Through this scheme the team will be able to develop the first Mauritian CubeSat satellite MIR-SAT1 for deployment from the International Space Station (ISS).
This CubeSat will carry a longwave infrared camera for the collection of images of Mauritius island and ocean. Research priorities being, (a) ocean surveillance and optimal use of ocean resources, (b) road traffic assessment and control, (c) mitigation of the effects of natural disasters.
The team will also aim to test onboard communications capabilities through testing the CubeSat data transfer over satellite radio wave frequency. There will also be an Amateur Radio communications part to this which will possibly include a transponder.
Exciting times for the research team and hopefully will also stimulate student interest in the science and technology fields. An opportunity for this small island to show value in its ambition to become an inclusive high revenue country.