The Republic of Mauritius is deeply honoured that the first Mauritian Infrared Satellite (MIR-SAT1) initiative by the Mauritius Research Council operating under the aegis of the Ministry of Technology, Communication and Innovation has been selected during the 3rd round of the UNOOSA/JAXA KiboCUBE Program. This mission will be developed in collaboration with a number of local organisations, as well as international collaborators, such as Clyde Space (UK).
Mauritius is currently facing three (3) major problems of national priority set by the government: (1) Ocean surveillance and optimal management of ocean resources (e.g. tackling fish depletion) in the Mauritian Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) which is about 2.3 million kilometre square; (2) Road traffic congestion and (3) Natural disaster mitigation (i.e. frequent flooding).
Mauritius intends to use its first CubeSAT platform to acquire knowledge on satellite technology and how to efficiently collect and process land and ocean data coming from space. This big data analysis will lead to: (i) better monitoring, decision-making and management of both land based and maritime activities and (ii) advancement in capacity building, research & development and innovation, which will ultimately benefit the people of the Republic of Mauritius. We believe that this space project could serve as a model for other Small Island Developing States (SIDs).
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