Mauritius launches first Satellite

The first Mauritian satellite (a CubeSat – MIR-SAT1) was successfully launched onboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket (Mission: CRS-22/SpX-22) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 5:29 PM UTC.

The Mauritius Imagery and Radiotelecommunication Satellite 1 (MIR-SAT1) was built by a team of researchers at the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC).

MRIC has set up a ground station located in Ebene, which will serve to control and operate the MIR-SAT1.

The Mauritian MIR-SAT1 is Africa’s second satellite in 2021, bringing the total number of African satellites to 44.


MIR-SAT 1 is a NanoSatellite.


  1. Acquire satellite technology
  2. Collect pictures of the Republic of Mauritius and exclusive economic zone
  3. Experiment communication with regional islands (e.g emergency purposes such as cyclones and tsunamis)

Satellite launch, deployment and orbit.


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Watch the launching of our NanoSatellite onboard the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.