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First Mauritian Satellite, MIR-SAT1 on its way to the ISS

Start Time: June 03, 2021 21:00 | End Time: June 04, 2021 00:00
Location: Live Coverage

First Mauritian Satellite, MIR-SAT1 on its way to the ISS

3rd June 2021 21h29 MUT

MIR-SAT1 – Mauritius Imagery Radiocommunication- Satellite 1

Mauritius first satellite, MIR-SAT1, is scheduled to be launched on Thursday, 3 June, onboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launching the SpX-CRS22 mission to the International Space Station (ISS) at 17:29 PM (UTC)/21:29 (MUT). The satellite will be part of the cargo onboard the Dragon cargo resupply mission (CRS-22) to the International Space Station. It will lift off from Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida,

MIR-SAT1 (Mauritius Imagery and Radio – Satellite 1) 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. Mauritius was the winner of the 3rd round UNOOSA/JAXA KiboCube Programme in 2018. JAXA awarded the nation the opportunity to build and deploy a 1U Cube Satellite through the International Space Station (ISS). In February, MIR-SAT1 was handed over to JAXA to be deployed from the Japanese Experiment Module (Kibo) “KiboCUBE” on the ISS.

The primary objective of the MIR-SAT1 is to acquire satellite technology through the design process, design review, assembly, integration and testing. In parallel, the MRIC has 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 is being equipped with a ‘FlatSat’ module, a replica of the 1U, enabling engineers to simulate all the required manoeuvres before 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 team behind this first of its kind in Mauritius

MIR-SAT1 Team, from left to right: Mr Kiran Tatoree (Capacity Building Coordinator), Dr Vickram Bissonauth (Project Coordinator), Professor Theeshan Bahorun (Executive Director), Mr Ziyaad Soreefan (Co-Investigator), Mr Koushul Narrain (Ground Station Implementation Coordinator), Mr Faraaz Shamutally (Principal-Investigator)

How to watch the event live :

Live coverage and countdown commentary will begin at 9 p.m. MUT prior to launch on NASA Television and the agency’s website, as well as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitch, Daily Motion, and Theta.TV.

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02 June 2021

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