Chinese Satellite to Use Rwandan Technology

Wednesday, October 11, 2023
Rwandan students receiving certificates of achievement for the project, flanked by the Rwanda Space Agency CEO, CFO, and CTO. Credit: RSA
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Algorithms created by Rwandan students have empowered satellite WJ-1A to process images independently, eliminating the need for data downloads and enabling real-time land usage assessment. The Rwanda Space Agency (RSA) and China’s STAR.VISION Aerospace Limited have announced the successful completion of their Algorithm Rideshare Programme on WJ-1A. In March 2023, RSA and STAR.VISION signed an MoU to collaborate on AI algorithms for land use assessment.

A team of six students from Rwandan universities, mentored by RSA engineers, developed these algorithms. The accomplishment highlights Rwanda’s commitment to advancing AI and machine learning in space-related endeavors.

Col. Francis Ngabo, CEO of RSA, stated, “We have challenged young students to develop satellite-based algorithms that address real-world challenges. The result is Rwandan-developed technology for automated land use assessment. We aim to establish Rwanda as a key player in space technology and its applications.”

Noor Fan, co-founder of STAR.VISION, expressed pride in the collaboration with RSA and announced the integration of the Rwandan-developed AI algorithms into STAR.VISION’s satellites. They plan to expand the partnership to drive transformative changes for Rwanda and the global space technology community.


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