The Adama Science and Technology University (ASTU) and the Korean Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI) have signed memorandum of agreement (MoA) for cooperation on the small scale magnetospheric and ionospheric plasma experiment (snipe) space science mission.
The purpose of this MoA is to establish the terms and conditions to implement the cooperation on the Small scale magnetospheric and Ionospheric Plasma Experiment (SNIPE) under which the parties shall work together on this Space Science mission.
This MoA is guided by the provisions of the Agreement of July 8, 2011, on Scientific and Technological Cooperation between the Government of the Republic of Korea and the Government of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia. Thus, KASI plans to launch four (4) identical SNIPE satellites into Low Earth Orbit (LEO) as a constellation in order to observe small scale ionospheric and magnetospheric plasma phenomena in space as the SNIPE mission. The SNIPE satellites are built based on the high performance six-unit CubeSat using the state of the arts satellite technologies of Korea. KASI and ASTU will cooperate in the operation of the four SNIPE satellites as well as the space science research using SNIPE data when they are successfully launched.
It is hoped that this joint operation of SNIPE will give ASTU practical experience in satellite operation which will be essential for the development of the Ethiopian satellites in ASTU.
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