Space in Africa reports that Mauritius’ first satellite, MIR-SAT1, is booked to be dispatched on Thursday, 3 June, locally available a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket dispatching the CRS2 SpX-22 mission to the International Space Station at 5:29 PM (UTC).
MIR-SAT1 (Mauritius Imagery and Radio – Satellite 1) was planned by a group of Mauritian Engineers and an accomplished Radio Amateur from the Mauritius Amateur Radio Society in a joint effort with specialists from AAC-Clyde Space UK. Mauritius was the champ of the third round UNOOSA/JAXA KiboCube Program in 2018. JAXA granted the country the chance to construct and send a 1U Cube Satellite through the International Space Station (ISS). In February, MIR-SAT1 was given over to JAXA to be conveyed from the Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo) “KiboCUBE” on the ISS.
The essential target of the MIR-SAT1 is to obtain satellite innovation through the plan cycle, plan audit, gathering, mix and testing. In equal, the MRIC has set up a ground station situated at its premises in Ebene, which will serve to control and work the MIR-SAT1. This Ground station will likewise permit the receipt of information and telemetry from different satellites. The Ground Station is being furnished with a ‘FlatSat’ module, a copy of the 1U, empowering architects to reenact every one of the necessary moves prior to sending the order to the CubeSat. The FlatSat Module is a critical device for the Mauritian Engineers to plan future CubeSats after the MIR-SAT1.
This is the second time an African nation will dispatch a satellite in 2021, after Tunisia set its first satellite, Challenge One, in a circle in March. The satellite will go with the NASA/SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, conveying the Dragon payload resupply mission (CRS-22) to the International Space Station. It will take off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida, at 1:29 p.m. EDT (1729 GMT). The dispatch will be streamed live here.