During a press conference co-organized by the Rwanda Public Services Authority (RURA), the Japanese Embassy in Rwanda and the Ministry of Innovation and ICT, Paula Ingabire, the Minister , announced the placement in orbit of RWASAT-1 in November 2019. The date of 18 was put forward by Patrick Nyirishema, the director general of RURA.
RWASAT-1, the result of a partnership between Japan and Rwanda signed on May 9, 2018, was launched into space on September 24, to the International Space Station (ISS).
The 10 cm by 10 cm CubeSat, weighing no more than 1.2 kg, officially introduced on May 16, 2019 at the Transform Africa Summit, was carried by a rocket launched from the Tanegashima Space Center of the Japan Aerospace Agency (JAXA).
On 28 September, the freighter that stores RWASAT-1 was captured by the SSI’s robotic arm, while waiting for the satellite to align with the selected orbit.
Intended for space research, RWASAT-1 will help the government in the monitoring of water resources, natural disasters; in agriculture and meteorology. The data collected in the sky, thanks to the two embedded multispectral cameras, will then be transmitted to the ground control centers, where they will then be used to make informed decisions.