Conceptualised by Mauritian Engineers, the first Mauritian NanoSatellite MIR-SAT1 deployed into orbit from the International Space Station (ISS).
The Mauritius Imagery and Radiotelecommunication Satellite (MIR-SAT 1) was built by researchers at the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC), part of the country’s Ministry of Information Technology, Communication and Innovation. The small island nation deployed its first NanoSatellite into low-Earth orbit from Kibo, the ISS’s Japanese Experiment Module.
The project sought international support to engage a commercial nanosatellite solution provider, AAC-Clyde Space. The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) also jointly extended facilities and technical support to Mauritius through the KiboCUBE Programme.