Tunisia won the KiboCube international space competition, declared in Sousse, the representative of the United Nations Office for Space Affairs (UNOOSA). –
Accordingly, Tunisia, represented by the Private Higher School of Engineering and Applied Technology of Tunisia (ESPITA) could launch its first educational satellite “Tunsat1” to the International Space Station in 2023.
The TUNSAT 1 of the winning team from Tunisia will focus on Earth observation by obtaining macroscopic images of Tunisia and technology demonstration by testing communication between the satellite and ground station.
ESPITA Director and TUNSAT-1 Project Coordinator Aouinet Hana said:” It is a great honour to be the first North African country awarded with a satellite launch opportunity under the unique and amazing KiboCUBE programme. This is an opportunity for Tunisian students and researchers to contribute to the enhancement of Tunisia’s position as an emerging nation in the global space industry. Our goal is to make ESPITA engineering school one of the best African universities for the most brilliant and elite students in the field of space science and engineering and to provide world-class level training to qualify the next generation of engineers who will develop the local African space industry. I would like to thank all our partners in this project. We will continue promoting teamwork and national as well as international partnerships in the space sector to make history together and to realize unprecedented achievements for our country, region, continent and the whole world.”