Maldives to build its first prototype satellite

Riffath Mohamed
Chairman of Institute for Global Success (IGS), Riffath Mohamed. | Photo: IGS

Male’, Maldives —The Chairman and CEO of Institute for Global Success (IGS), Rifath Mohamed announced that they will be soon opening opportunities for the youngsters of Maldives to participate in the mission to build the very first prototype satellite of the Maldives.

As the IGS carrying out the first space mission of Maldives has begun their work to build the Maldives’ first prototype satellite, Rifath informed that the complete Maldives’ prototype satellite project will be led by Maldivian youngsters and that they will soon be opening opportunities for interested Maldivians to take part in this exciting new mission.

The prototype satellite is being built to research about the weather and climate changes that are happening to the world.

This program is being carried out with the help of KFS Space Foundation of the United Kingdom, who have signed an agreement last month to help supply the necessary hardware supplies needed for the prototype and to launch it as well.

Along with this, IGS revealed that KFS Space Foundation will help the institution find an appropriate country for the satellite to launch under the signed agreement and that they will also help IGS get permission to use the country’s air space.

An expert from India, Dr. Srimathy Kesan was appointed as the mission director on March. She has previously led many successful space missions where she played a significant role in nurturing local students from planning to the successful implementation of a space mission. In fact, the world’s smallest satellite was launched through NASA in 2017 under Dr. Srimathy’s leadership.

Under the first-ever space program in Maldives, 12 local students will complete the world’s first Nano-Satellite Engineering Professional certification with the help from KFS Space Foundation of the United Kingdom. The training program for these 12 students will be conducted by an expert team from the United States.

The Maldives’ space program was launched on November 12 by the IGS in partnership with KFS Space Foundation. IGS aims to develop a new set of Maldivian leaders, engineers and scientists who are committed to reaching their full potential and eventually, towards world-class success.