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Old Space vs New Space

Start Time: June 21, 2019 10:30 | End Time: June 21, 2019 12:00
Location: MRC, 6th floor, Ebene Heights Building, Ebene.
The Mauritius Research Council is pleased to invite you or your representative to attend a seminar on Friday 21 June 2019, at the MRC at 10:30 hrs, 6th floor, Ebene Heights Building, Ebene.
In June 2018, the MRC’s proposal for building its first Cube Satellite (MIR-SAT1) was selected as the best submission by a developing country under the UNOOSA/JAXA KiboCube program. Thanks to this program, Mauritius will send a satellite in space for the first time in its history. The MIR-SAT 1 project has inspired the MRIC to look into other space related activities which can be developed in Mauritius.
In this connection, the MRC has invited Prof George Maeda, Assistant Professor from Kyutech University and active project coordinator for the BIRDS program ( The BIRDS project is a Joint Global Multi-Nation Satellite project destined for non-space faring countries supported by Japan (participating countries are; Ghana, Mongolia, Nigeria and Bangladesh). The BIRDS project provides training for international students to design, build and send their 1 Unit Cube Satellite in space via the Kyutech University. The Collaboration between the different member countries of the BIRDS program and the MRC could provide a positive boost the MIR-SAT1 initiative.
Prof Maeda will give a seminar entitled ‘Old Space Vs New Space’ which will take place at the MRC on the aforementioned date and time. During his talk he will explore the various possibilities Space technology could offer for our Country and will also provide insights for collaboration with the BIRDS project.
Invitation to attend seminar
To register to attend the seminar please click on this link (The programme for the event is available here).
Please note that space is limited and seats will be allocated on a “first come, first served” basis. You may also follow our seminar Live on the MRC YouTube channel at the aforementioned date and time.
More details will be communicated on the MRC Facebook and Twitter pages for the livestreaming link as from next week. Key words : #MIRSAT1 ; #SpaceMauritius
Thanking you and looking forward to your presence. For any queries, please email or phone us on 465 1235.
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