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[JAXA:0648] Successful Deployment of First Mauritian Satellite, Selected in the Third Round of KiboCUBE Program
Successful Deployment of First Mauritian Satellite,
Selected in the Third Round of KiboCUBE Program

https://global.jaxa.jp/press/2021/06/20210625-1_e.html

June 25, 2021 (JST)

On June 22, 2021, the CubeSat named MIR-SAT1, developed by the team of Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC), was successfully deployed from the Japanese Experiment Module "Kibo" of the International Space Station (ISS). This deployment was supported by the KiboCUBE program run by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), where the team was selected as the winner in the third round. The deployment was broadcasted online for people in Mauritius considering the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister of Republic of Mauritius The Hon. Pravind Kumar JUGNAUTH, Ambassador of Japan to Mauritius H.E. KAWAGUCHI Shuichiro, and other people in Mauritius witnessed the deployment virtually.
MIR-SAT1 has become the first satellite for Mauritius, which is operated by MRIC since its deployment. The experience of development and operation of MIR-SAT1, such as image acquisition and communication demonstration, is expected to benefit the future space activities in Mauritius.

History of MIR-SAT1
June 2018 Selected as the winner in the third round of KiboCUBE Program
February 2021 Handed over to JAXA at JAXA Tsukuba Space Center
June 3, 2021 Launched to the ISS from NASA Kennedy Space Center
June 22, 2021 Deployed from Kibo module of the ISS with JEM robotic arm

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MIR-SAT1
deployed from the ISS (C)JAXA/NASA

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Prime Minister of Republic of Mauritius The Hon Pravind Kumar JUGNAUTH witnessing the deployment of MIR-SAT1 (In front left) (C)Government of Mauritius

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Ambassador of Japan to Mauritius H.E. KAWAGUCHI Shuichiro witnessing the deployment of MIR-SAT1 (In front left) (C)Government of Mauritius

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