Kenya joins the list of African nations with space ambitions as it launches its first home designed satellite. Kenya joins the likes of South Africa, Egypt, Nigeria, Algeria and Morocco to be among the few countries which have manufactured and launched their own satellites.
The cube satellite was launched from the Japanese Module of International Space Station. The satellite was brought there by a Space X rocket during an April re-supply mission. The cube satellite will be useful in various sectors including weather forecasting, food security mapping, livestock and wildlife monitoring and disaster management.
The nanosatelite was designed by Kenyan scientists at the University of Nairobi. This was developed as a joint program between the Japanese space Agency and the United Nations to support research institutions from developing countries to manufacture and improve their own space technology. In reality, this will not be the first satellite that Kenya is launching since it had launched the ‘Uhuru’ satellite from the coastal town Malindi in 1970, which was the first world’s earth-orbiting mission dedicated to celestial X-ray astronomy. This mission in the end did not bring much benefit to the Kenyans.
The deployment ceremony will be done from Kibo Space with a powerful delegation of government officials and university researchers from Kenya sent to witness the event led by the Education Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Amina Mohamed. This launch for Kenya will be a historic moment as the country competes with other African countries in space exploration and other space research activities. If you understand the work, effort, and energy invested in creating history, you’ll begin to understand and see a glimpse of what greatness is all about. Greatness is pushing harder than the harder pushed in order to create something worth the sacrifice. #Rewordit