MIR-SAT1

Satellite technology has come a long way since the launch of Sputnik 1 in 1957. Since then, advances in technology have made satellites much more accessible, leading to thousands of artificial satellites orbiting the earth today. Satellites have become an important part of our everyday life, facilitating telecommunications, weather forecasting, oceanographic explorations, among others. Furthermore, Satellite/Space Technology has led to major advancements in a number of fields including medicine, agriculture, astronomy and surveillance, amongst others. Mauritius, as a SIDS, currently benefits from numerous services provided by satellites.

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The Mauritius Research Council (MRC), operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Technology Communication and Innovation and mandated by the Government of Mauritius to promote Science Research, Technology and Innovation in the Republic of Mauritius, envisages embarking into a new initiative geared towards exploring the potential of space/satellite technology for the socio-economic benefit of the Country. As a first attempt towards this aim, a team led by the MRC submitted a proposal entitled the MIR-SAT1 under the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) KiboCUBE Programme 2018. The UNOOSA/JAXA KiboCube Program provides developing countries opportunities to embark into space activities with an ultimate objective to build national capacity in space technology.

The Mauritian proposal MIR-SAT1 was retained by the JAXA/UNOOSA as the best submission from a developing country in June 2018 and consequently Mauritius has been offered the opportunity, for the first time in its history, to build and deploy a Mauritian NanoSatellite (1U CubeSat) from the International Space Station (ISS) Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo) on a Low Earth Orbit (~410-420km). The MRC also benefited from the collaboration of AAC-Clyde (UK), expert in nanosatellite technologies. The MIR-SAT1 will collect images of Mauritius and surrounding regions an onboard camera.

The data from the satellite will be collected by a main ground station to be built in Mauritius. Secondary receiving ground stations are planned to be built by university students and schools at later stages. Data collected from the satellite will be used for capacity building, advanced research and innovation in areas pertinent to national problems. The expected deployment in space for the first Mauritian CubeSat is around December 2019. This will be done by JAXA via the KIBO arm of the International Space Station.

The MRC organized a full day workshop on the 1st of March 2019 at the Conference Hall Level 1 of the Atul Bihari Vajpayee Tower (CyberTower 1) to disseminate the MIR-SAT1 initiative to the public, in particular, how it will be built and deployed in space and how data will be captured from the satellite.

Satellite Launch, Deployment & Orbit

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Core Team

MRC Core MIR-SAT1 Team

Timeline

Current Project Status

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Satellite Progress

Satellite Implementation Phase

Ground Station Progress

Ground Station Implementation Phase.

Core Team

Dr Vickram Bissonauth

Project Coordinator

Dr Vickram Bissonauth
Mr Faraaz Shamutally

Principal Investigator

Mr Faraaz Shamutally
Mr Ziyaad Soreefan

Co-Investigator

Mr Ziyaad Soreefan
Mr Jean Marc Momple

Ground Station Specialist

Mr Jean Marc Momple
Mr Koushul Narrain

Ground Station setup and Outreach

Mr Koushul Narrain
Mr Pawan Hurnath

Antenna Support Design and Rooftop works

Mr Pawan Hurnath
Mr Kiran Tatoree

Outreach activities

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Mr Yogeshwar Gajadur

Electrical Works

Mr Yogesh Gajadur

Project Timeline

2018 – 2019

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Completed

Pending

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Reportage

 

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Current Project Phase

This section shows the current phase of the satellite and ground station implementation.

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