KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, 4 June 2021 – Mauritius will have a small satellite in space after one traveled Thursday in a rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.

Scientists at the Mauritian Research and Innovation Council (MRIC) in Ebene, Mauritius, will be in contact with the nano-satellite four to five times a day once it is in space and orbiting the earth.

Locating Mauritius

Mauritius – Source World Atlas

First Mauritian MRI-SAT1 - Photo UNOOSA

First Mauritian MRI-SAT1 – Photo UNOOSA

The satellite will help survey the ocean, helping the archipelago manage its marine resources and tackle the deplation of fish stocks, among others.

Data provided by the nano-satellite to MRIC will also help Mauritisu with disaster prevention and management.

Every year, the island nation of Mauritius is hit by the remnants of three to five storms, although the country is believed to be in the eye of a cyclone only once every five years.

Most cyclones form on the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn where the body of water in the ocean heats up to around 26 degrees Celsius for longer periods of time every year.

Rocket Launch from the Kennedy Space Center - Photo

Rocket Launch from the Kennedy Space Center – Photo

Some of the most devastating effects of cyclones hitting Mauritius has come from flooding, another aspect of the island nation’s weather that the nano-satellite will monitor more closely.

As of July 2020, Egypt led the way in the launch of nano-satellites into space among African countries, with nine launched satellites.

It is followed by South Africa with eight; Algeria with seven, Nigeria with six, and Morocco with three.

With one nano-satellite each in space, Angola, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Rwanda and now Mauritius complete the list.

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