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JAXA to deploy Mauritian satellite MIR-SAT1

For the first time in its history, Mauritius will embark on new initiatives geared towards exploiting space/satellite technology for its socio-economic benefits.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has received the Mauritian nanosatellite MIR-SAT1 (Mauritius Imagery and Radio – Satellite 1) from Clyde Space, a company located in Glasgow, Scotland, which built the spacecraft to the specifications of Mauritian researchers. MIR-SAT1 will be deployed from the Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo) “KiboCUBE” on the International Space Station (ISS).

The First Mauritian NanoSatellite, MIR-SAT1, is a Mauritian project consisting of the design, assembly, testing, deployment and operating of a 1U CubeSat on orbit. In parallel, MRIC will set up a ground station located at its premises in Ebene, which will serve to control and operate the MIR-SAT1. This ground station will also allow the receipt of data and telemetry from other satellites. The ground station will be equipped with a ‘FlatSat’ module which is a replica of the 1U, which will enable engineers to simulate all the required manoeuvres prior to sending the command to the CubeSat. The FlatSat Module is a key tool for the Mauritian Engineers to design future CubeSats after the MIR-SAT1.

The satellite was designed by a team of Mauritian Engineers and an experienced Radio Amateur from the Mauritius Amateur Radio Society in collaboration with experts from AAC-Clyde Space UK.

MIR-SAT1 is expected to have ground contact with Mauritius 4 to 5 times per day depending on the season and its expected lifetime is about 2 -3 years.

Mauritius intends to use its first CubeSat platform to acquire knowledge on satellite technology and how to efficiently collect and process land and ocean data coming from space.

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