The Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC) in view to initiating the Republic of Mauritius into Space Technology and ensuring sustainability of the satellite project initiative, a series of outreach and capacity building workshops are being organised for the young generation of the country. The first of this series of workshops focuses on the building of an Antenna for Satellite Communication and the setting up of a mini-ground station for reception of satellite telemetry and other satellite data. A first pilot training with 6 students and 1 teacher of Prof. Hassan Raffa SSS on the antenna was initiated in April 2019. These students were also taught how to set up a mini-ground station to receive images and telemetry from low earth orbiting satellites. This station is currently in operation at the school.
In this context, a launching ceremony of this training programme was organised on the 26th of September 2019 at 9:30 at the Prof. Hassan Raffa SSS whereby representatives from other schools around Mauritius, including students were present. The Hon Yogida Sawmynaden, Minister of Technology, Communication and Innovation, in the presence of Hon. Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, officially launched the MRIC training workshop during the event.
A similar pilot training has been conducted at the Forest Side SSS (Girls) which now has an operating mini ground station for receiving satellite telemetry and images.
The training workshop aims to cover all secondary schools in Mauritius and Rodrigues. Each school will be provided with their won low earth orbit satellite receiving antenna and associated equipment to operate a mini ground station. The first workshop will be organised in November 2019.