Mauritius is set to have a presence in space following the planned launch of a small satellite onboard a rocket taking off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday night.
Once the Mauritian nano-satellite is deployed in space and begins orbiting the earth, the ground station at the Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC) in Ebène will be able to contact it about four to five times a day.
The data the MRIC receives will help Mauritius with disaster management and prevention.
The satellite is expected to help survey the ocean to improve the management of marine resources and to tackle the depletion of fish stocks.
Among other things, it will also monitor areas where there is frequent flooding.