Invitation for technical proposal for the design, manufacture, launch and commissioning of a constellation of a 3U and a 6U nanosatellites

The African Association for Technology and Innovation (AATI), whose objectives are the promotion and the development of technology and innovation in Africa is inviting local and international companies specializing in nanosatellite technology design and implementation to submit technical and financial proposals for the design, manufacture, launch and commissioning of a 3U and 6U nanosatellites.

The missions for the two nanosatellites AkwabaSat-1 and AkwabaSat-2:

  • AkwabaSat-1 is to provide satellite earth observation using multispectral/hyperspectral or LiDAR imaging cameras to enable administrative authorities and agencies in African countries for environmental monitoring.
  • AkwabaSat-2 is to provide commercial satellite-IoT services to public and privates institutions in African countries.

The completion of the AkwabaSat-1 and AkwabaSat-2 projects, by creating the foundations of a NewSpace sector, will boost the development of space technology and its applications in Africa. The installations of the earth station will encourage the development of new satellites. The professional success of the technicians and engineers trained under this program will make them a model for the development of capacity building in space technology in Africa. The success of the AkwabaSat-1 and AkwabaSat-2 projects and the development of new cutting-edge technology will help create new jobs and ensure the retention in Africa of young talents passionate about cutting-edge technologies.

The invitation is extended to competent manufacturers/contractors/Vendors/partners in the satellite industry to submit technical and financial proposals for consideration as an implementer of the satellite constellation project. This RFP is intended to attract interested bidders that can demonstrate requisite technical know-how, skills and experience in the design, manufacturing, launch and operations of nanosatellites, and have the capacity to offer financing options. Interested and qualified Companies are invited to submit their letter of intent to participate in the pre-qualification exercise.

Program’s Objectives

The main objective of this program is to build a human capacity and to develop technologies that can address socio-economic developments problems in Africa. Specifically, this program aims to:

  1. Design a 3U and a 6U Nanosatellite mission with optical camera payloads addressing the following missions:
    1. Space-based Internet Of Things (IoT)
    2. Fight terrorist threat
    3. Detect and curb illegal mining
    4. Fight deforestation
    5. Climate change and environmental studies
    6. Cartography or mapping imaging
    7. Precision agriculture
    8. Fight illegal fishing
    9. 5G Internet Connectivity
    10. Smart City Management
    11. AIS Maritime traffic monitoring and control
    12. Search and Rescue
  2. Explore how the 3U and 6U Nanosatellite technology can be used to address different needs as listed above.
  3. Develop a capacity development program template that will be implemented alongside the satellite project, which will enable the trained specialists to be well equipped to actively contribute to the development of the full constellation. The training programs should be done in both a designated country and the consultant facilities.
  4. The consultant will be responsible for the entire mission value chain design and implementation. This includes mission requirement designs, satellite development, ground segment as well as launch services arrangement and up to two years of technical support.

Eligibility and Pre-Selection criteria

  1. The candidate must have more than five (5) years of experience in similar services and must have successful missions in orbit.
  2. The candidate must justify adequate material and technical means and key personnel to implement the mission
  3. The applicant must prove that it has the financial capacity to start the execution of the services as soon as the contract is notified (attach documents attesting access to financing such as cash, lines of credit, etc.);
  4. The applicant must not have a history of non-performing a contract. He must establish that it has executed and completed all contracts obtained during at least the last three (3) years and that it has no outstanding litigation against it.

Submission Requirements

The submission file should include a well detailed technical and financial proposal which also contains:

  • Full names of firm/consortium, verifiable office address (s), contact person, postal address, telephone/fax and email address. For a consortium, the names and contact details of each member;
  • A letter of intent to form a consortium, signed by all its members and a copy of the proposed grouping agreement;
  • Power of Attorney/Board Resolution, in case of a consortium, identifying the lead member of the consortium authorized to submit the proposal and binding on all the members of the consortium;
  • Certificates of recognition and recommendation for satisfactory achievement of similar services;
  • Ability to arrange and offer capacity-building programs to the project office and local talent relevant to the assignment;
  • Audited Financial Statements prepared in accordance with the International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS) of the bidding company or members of the consortium for the past three (3) years (2019 – 2021);
  • Tax Clearance Certificates for the last three (3) years (2019 – 2021); and
  • Sworn affidavit disclosing that the company is not bankrupt, in receivership or under liquidation or involved in any litigation that can potentially affect the company’s ability to effectively discharge their responsibility if engaged and to confirm that all information presented in its bid are true and correct in all particulars.

Method of presenting application files

Proposals and all correspondence must be written in the English and French language and submitted digitally via email to:, The submission must arrive no later than 15 April 2022.

Interested firms/consortia are kindly requested to note that:

  • Late submissions will be rejected;
  • Only short-listed firms/consortia will be contacted;
  • Submission of proposals shall be in the English and French language only;
  • AATI reserves the right to verify the authenticity of any claims made in the documents submitted by the companies;
  • This notice shall not be construed to be a commitment on the part of the AATI to award any form of contracts to any respondent(s), nor shall it entitle any organization submitting a document to claim any Indemnity from AATI.

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