The satellite, which is nicknamed "Icyerekezo" meaning “vision” in English, was sent to space yesterday 27th February. The launch took place at the spaceport on the Atlantic coast of French Guiana.
Launching the satellite is a symbol of Rwanda's commitment to build the local space industry, build local capacity, inspire the younger generation and prepare to usher Rwanda into a hyper-connected future.
The global communication firm’s partnership with Rwanda will, however, enable orbiting satellites to connect more remote schools across Rwanda.
OneWeb is backed by some of the major players in the space industry and finance, including Virgin, Qualcomm, Airbus and Soft Bank of Japan, among others.
The ministry had first publicly announced the launch of the satellite on Tuesday, saying it will not only connect rural schools but also enable other services to underserved communities.
Rwanda plans the launch of other satellite into the orbit before the end of this year in partnership with the Japanese government.