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May 2015 - May 2017
Tunisia is promoting human recourses in space domain and providing its citizens access to space information and knowledge of all fields related to space.
The national participation is significant, investing in scientific research and encouraging the understanding of space field to better integrate in international space programs.
Since the launch of the first satellite in 1957, Tunisia gave priority to space researches and peaceful practice of space. However, only in 1984, Tunisia created the “National Commission of Outer Space” and in 1988the “National Center of Cartography and Remote Sensing”.
Tunisia participated also in the Arab space project “Arabsat satellite” and took advantages by its researches in space telecommunications.
Tunisia took part in specific networks, proposing the project of the Maghreb satellite and participating in regional and international programs on space communications through GMPCS-l - a satellite system covering North Africa and Southern Europe.
Tunisian space Interest is especially directed towards Earth observation (environment and coastal protection, meteorology observation).
Education and Research
Tunisian ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research promotes the space knowledge and implemented the education of specific subjects ( telecommunications, embedded systems, instrumentations and the development of certain spatial components).
In the National Engineering School of Sfax it was conceived a micro satellite and some satellite components are designed in Faculty of Sciences of Monastir.
In addition, many institutes are teaching techniques for processing satellite images for Earth observation like the laboratory of ENIT for space information system and the laboratory FMS at the Faculty of science of Monastir by studying occupational hazards related to space users.
Tunisia joined some projects of scientific research through programs and technical cooperation. Some of them are:
- International organizations involved in Earth observation
- Focal point for UN-SPIDER.
- Focal Point for Regional Activity Center for Remote Sensing in the Plan of Action for the Mediterranean (ERS / RAC MAP).
- IAF Membership in 2009
Tunis Science City
Officially opened in 2002, Tunis Science City is an institution in charge of making science and inspiring people of all ages. It looks for parking an interest in science and technology.
Its mission is: Investigating social dialogue on science and space researches and offering a wide range of programs for students aimed at complementing the school’s formal science education.
Every year it organizes conferences and workshops about astronomy, and space researches for scientists and for public.
Tunisia has planified few space projects in the future. Some of them need a previous preparation by developing skills in the space field, working towards the creation of a space structure of high level, empowering the international space partnership and cooperation with agencies and regional and international institutions, taking a more active part in space activities. Tunisia is planning to implement international alliances and signed the space treaties l(Outer Space Treaty, International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects).
Young Space Activities Overview in Tunisia
Many space agencies and associations appeared where young space generation proved their capacity of improving in space researches.
Tunisian Space Agency is one of them.
Many projects, mostly successful, were realized.
- Experimental rockets: Carthage 02, Halfaouine,Sakura
- Mini rockets :Al Buraq, Badr 01, BM 01,Carthage 01, KOORS 01, Le Prince, Sakr 01, Star 01, Tanit 01, Taparoura 01, Tuni-Cruiser
- Pico Satellite: Carthage Sat 01
Interesting Web Links for the Young Space Generation in Tunisia