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MIR-Sat 1

MIR-Sat 1 [MRC]

MIR-Sat 1 (Mauritian Infra-Red Satellite 1) is Mauritius' first satellite. The 1U CubeSat is being built by the Mauritius Research Council (MRC).

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 better monitoring, decision-making and management of both land based and maritime activities and advancement in capacity building, research & development and innovation, which will ultimately benefit the people of the Republic of Mauritius.

Originally the satellite was to image Mauritius and the surrounding regions using longwave infrared (LWIR) thermal camera. During development, the thermal camera was replaced with a RGB camera. Regardless, the MIR-Sat name was retained.

MIR-SAT 1 has following objectives:

  • Verify the performance of the on-board subsystems by receiving telemetry from the satellite and establish communication to and from the satellite (command and control)
  • Collect images of Mauritius and the Mauritian EEZ for capacity, building, experiment and research.
  • Experimental communication with other islands via the satellite (for scientific and/or emergency purposes), through a Radio Amateur digipeater payload.
  • The V/U 9600bps GMSK digipeater may be open for Radio Amateur communication worldwide when the satellite not used for all above.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) have selected MIR-Sat 1 for the third round of the UNOOSA-JAXA KiboCUBE programme. KiboCUBE is an initiative that offers educational and research institutions from developing countries the opportunity to deploy cube satellites (CubeSats) from the Kibo module of the International Space Station.

Nation: Mauritius
Type / Application: Technology
Operator: Mauritius Research Council (MRC)
Contractors: Mauritius Research Council (MRC)
Equipment: Camera
Configuration: CubeSat (1U)
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: ~ 6 months
Mass: 1 kg
Orbit: 400 km 400 km, 51.6 (typical)
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
MIR-Sat 1 1998-067SN 03.06.2021 CCK LC-39A Falcon-9 v1.2 (Block 5) with Dragon CRS-22, iROSA 2B, iROSA 4B, SOAR, RamSat, G-Satellite 2

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