Africa is Resorting to Satellites with Shorter Lifespans

First Mauritian Nanosatellite, MIR-SAT1 | Image Credit: Mauritius Research and Innovation Council (MRIC)

Africa launched its most recent satellite in June 2021, Mauritius’ MIRSAT-1. This brought Africa’s satellite fleet to 44. Of these 44 satellites, about 50% have or had lifespans ranging between 0-5 years. Furthermore, in the last five years, African satellites’ average design lifespan has dropped to 5.3 years. Could this be due to a need...

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