University of Nairobi Made Satellite Set to Be Launched to Space

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(Last Updated On: January 23, 2018)

In a major space science breakthrough, Kenya has built its first satellite, mainly to observe farming trends and monitor the coastline.

The satellite was made by Kenyan engineers from the University of Nairobi with the assistance of Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (Jaxa).

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The apparatus has been developed in new form referred to as nano-satellite – an extremely small cubic-shaped type of 10 by 10 centimeter and whose volume is one liter.Its development cost Sh120 million, which was largely financed by Japan.

The nanosatellite developed by a team from the University of Nairobi /COURTESY
The nanosatellite developed by a team from the University of Nairobi

The launch, if successful, will earn Kenya a position in the small club of African countries engaged in space science.

Only South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Algeria, and Egypt have satellites in space. Koichi Wakata, the Japanese agency’s ISS programme manager, said Kenya’s satellite will be delivered to the ISS in March.

The University of Nairobi said the satellite will also be used to test technologies for the launch of a larger earth observation satellite in the future.

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