Tunisia-Russia-Space: Telnet Group and the Russian Space Agency to train a Tunisian astronaut to be sent to the International Space Agency

The CEO of the Tunisian Telnet Group and the Russian Space Agency announced the selection, training and dispatch of a Tunisian astronaut to the International Space Station (ISS), under an agreement to be signed on August 13, 2021, on the occasion of National Women’s Day. From the Telnet group, Mohamed Freika, on his Facebook page.

“She (Tunisian astronaut) will be the first African astronaut, and perhaps also an Arab, who will be Tunisian,” Frika commented.

A large Russian delegation is expected to arrive for this purpose on August 13th in Tunisia to sign the agreement. It will be chaired by the Special Representative of the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, for international cooperation in the field of space, Dmitry Rogozin.

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation, Director General of the Russian Space Agency and Russian cosmonaut Sergei Konstantinovich Krikalev (who carried out 6 space flights) will be among the members of the Russian delegation expected to arrive in Tunisia.

Therefore, Fraika called for the use of this agreement and this project to enhance the country’s image abroad.

Founded in 1994, Telnet is a Tunisian group of companies specialized in consulting in the field of innovation and high technologies. On March 22, 2021, he launched the first Tunisian satellite called “ChallengeOne” which aims to develop a new air activity to become a provider of innovative solutions for the Internet of Things.

It is also a matter of demonstrating the capabilities of a satellite placed in low Earth orbit, to capture terminal data, using the same power as conventional terrestrial transmission.
The ChallengeOne satellite will play the role of a LoRa (low-speed wireless communications technology) gateway placed in orbit in space, and therefore will be able to receive data assigned to it and transmitted by terminals on Earth.

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