First home made satellite launched into space in Tunisia

On 22 March, Tunisia launched the satellite Challenge ONE from the Baikonur base in south-central Kazakhstan aboard the Russian Soyuz-2.1a rocket which also carried other satellites. 

Telnet Group, the owner of Challenge ONE, organized a ceremony at its headquarters in the capital Tunis to follow the live coverage of the event in the presence of Tunisian President Kais Saied. 

“This event reflects the aspiration of Tunisia and young Tunisians to exceed the limits of the earth,” Saied said in a speech broadcasted on State television Wataniya  

Mohamed Frikha, chief executive officer of Telnet Group, said, “It is the fruit of a whole generation of culture and knowledge as well as the work of 20 Tunisian engineers supervised by Telnet,” adding that this satellite is only the first step towards space which will be followed by others. 

In a tweet, the Russian Embassy in Tunisia mentioned: ‘Welcome to Space, Tunisia  Congratulations to #Tunisia for the launch of its first satellite #ChallengeOne by the Russian #Soyuz-2 rocket  on March 22, 2021!” 

Photo Credit :
Russian Embassy, Tunisia