Rwanda has a strong desire to revolutionize and develop its own space sciences and technology facilities, in order to access and exploit space technology for socio-economic benefits to the country.
ICT and Innovation Minister, Paula Ingabire, says, “We will ensure our very best young engineers are not forced to go overseas if they want to pursue their ambitions in space and enable Rwanda to build a knowledge base in space and related technologies with the sole aim to promote growth and sustainable development.”
The country has established an Agency expected to begin operations by July 2020. According to Minister Ingabire, the Agency will be operating in Kigali, merging all space-related activities in the country towards one national strategy in government t and academia as well as encouraging private sector investment for the development of the space industry.
As a specialized organ, RSA will be headed by an Executive Organ compromising of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and a Cheif Operations Officer (COO) with specialized departments running dedicated programs. The team is yet to be announced.
The team has an Advisory Council overseeing the activities of the Agency as well as providing strategic guidance.
RSA will be preparing policies and regulations that position Rwanda competitively in the space industry and coordinating and supporting scientific research and capacity building programs in space sciences and technology.
The Agency is also mandated with designing, building, and launching satellites.
It is expected to support the creation of the local space industry through incubation of SpaceTech startups and handling international space cooperation on behalf of the government of Rwanda
According to the Ministry of ICT, the RSA will operate satellites (light yellow) — for now.