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Kenya launches the first Satellite+pictures of the setalite

Published on January 24, 2018 by   ·   No Comments

African nation Kenya has successfully built and launched its first satellite thus adding another milestone in space science. The satellite’s main aim is to observe farming trends as well as monitor the Kenyan coastline. The 10 by 10cm cube Kenyan nanosatellite will be launched from the International Space Station in April or May.

The Sh120million tiny satellite has been developed by the University of Nairobi in collaboration with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).

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According to the University of Nairobi, once the satellite is launched into the orbit, it would be used to test technologies for the launch of a larger more powerful observation satellite in the future.

If the nanosatellite is launched successfully, it will make Kenya becomes the sixth African countries which have its satellites in space.This makes Kenya a head of the rest of the African countries in the continent.

African countries that have their setlite in space are South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Algeria, and Egypt have successfully launched their satellite into space.

Koichi Wakata, JAXA’s ISS programme manager, said that Kenya’s satellite would be delivered to the ISS (International Space Station) in March and then it will be launched into the orbit from a robotic arm called Kibo in April or May. “At Jaxa, we are committed to making every effort to prepare for the successful deployment of the Republic of Kenya’s first satellite utilizing the unique capability of the Japanese Experiment Module Kibo on the ISS,” Wakata said. Dr. Jackson Mwangi, who was involved in the satellite development, informed that the nanosatellite was handed over to JAXA on Tuesday last week.

He said, “The 1KUNS-PF (1st Kenyan University Nano Satellite Precursor Flight) is the first satellite to be developed by Kenya and first satellite to be operated by a Kenyan university. The new nanosatellite is an extremely tiny satellite with a volume of 1litre. The satellite was built under a programme called KiboCube, which was launched in September 2015 by JAXA and the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. Through KiboCUBE, the educational and research institutions of developing countries will get an opportunity to deploy miniature cube satellites into Space from ISS.

 

 

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