Two years ago in 2017, Rwanda announced for 2020, the launch in space of its first telecommunications satellite. But it is finally this year that the telecom equipment will be propelled into orbit from the international space station, the Ecofin Agency reported.
On December 23rd, 2018, the ambassador of Japan to Rwanda, Mr. Takayuki Mayishita announced that Rwanda would have its own Telecom satellite in 2019, earlier than its scheduled year of launch, in 2020.
As reported last year, Rwanda was on track to launch its first telecoms satellite by 2020 according to Robert Ford, the Executive Vice President of the ICT Chamber of Rwanda, but the launch has been scheduled earlier than planned.
This is in line with the implementation of the agreement signed on May 9th, in 2018 between the Rwandan and the Japanese government on Space Inclusion in Africa.
As Space in Africa magazine reports, six Young Rwandans are currently being trained in Japan ahead of the Launch. 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.
#Rwanda is on track to launch its 1st telecoms satellite by 2020. To achieve this, the government is putting together the Rwanda Space Project in partnership with (JICA), Rwanda Regulatory Agency Utilities (RURA) and the Japan Space Agency (JAXA). Paul Adepoju
— Alfred Ndahiro (@ALNdahiro) January 10, 2018
This partnership between the two governments is channeled and implemented in collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and the Japan Space Agency (JAXA), an organization that is seeing to it that this race to space becomes a success.
A model of the Rwandan satellite prototype was first displayed in May by the Japan-Rwanda team of experts during the 2018 Transform Africa Summit in Kigali, where 100 Japanese companies displayed cutting edge Satellite technologies.
A multi-faceted satellite.
Ecofin Agency reports that the infrastructure would enable Rwanda, among other things, to connect the rural and remote areas of the country, but also to improve the observation of the national territory, the weather control, to ensure military communications.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Rwanda said that this telecommunications satellite will further consolidate bilateral relations between Rwanda and Japan.
The satellite is expected to be launched from the International Space Station(ISS) into the orbit before 2019’s transform Africa Summit which happens yearly in the Month of may in Rwanda since its launch(Summit’s Launch).
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