Rwanda to roll out its first telecom satellite

Rwanda will soon launch its first telecommunications satellite which will be propelled into orbit from the international space station.

The operation is in line with the agreement signed last year between the Rwandan and the Japanese government on Space Inclusion in Africa. Before the launch, the Rwandan government has already sent six young Rwandans to be trained in Japan. The areas mostly emphasized, are in the fabrication of local satellites specialized on the acquisition of Data on weather and which could further be extended as Earth Observations for purposes of Agriculture.

This collaboration between the two governments is guided and executed in association with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Japan Space Agency (JAXA), an organization that is guaranteeing that this race to space becomes a success. A model of the Rwandan satellite prototype was first exhibited in May by the Japan-Rwanda team of experts during the 2018 Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, where 100 Japanese companies demonstrated cutting edge Satellite technologies.

The satellite will probably be launched from the International Space Station (ISS) into the orbit before 2019’s transform Africa Summit which occurs yearly in the Month of May in Rwanda since its launch (Summit’s Launch).

The introduction of the satellite will see Rwanda join the list few countries in Africa that have placed the devices into orbit.