Rwanda Space Agency (RSA) and China’s STAR.VISION Aerospace Limited (STAR.VISION) have announced the successful completion of the Algorithm Rideshare Programme aboard satellite WJ-1A. In March 2023, RSA and STAR.VISION signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to collaborate on developing and deploying AI algorithms to assess land use and generate statistics automatically.
A team of six students from Rwandan universities, including the University of Rwanda, Carnegie Mellon University Africa, and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, worked under the mentorship of RSA engineers to bring this project to life. The algorithms enable the satellite WJ-1A to process images independently, eliminating the need for data downloads and facilitating real-time land usage assessment.
The achievement underscores Rwandas dedication to advancing AI and machine learning into space-related activities.
Source : Broadcast