Kenya Launches its First Locally Made Satellite into Space

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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

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  1. It’s great to see the people of Kenya are making huge progress and making history. Definitely a sign of hope for the future of mama Africa.

  2. Kenya finally achieves its dream to mark itself in the field of space science as it launches its home based satellite in the Earth’s orbit. Now it has become a part of six other African countries with same purpose of progressing through space technology. This has proved to be one of the biggest leaps in Kenya’s history. This launch has started to effect Kenya dramatically with great deal of benefits in agriculture, navigation, telecommunication and much more. The University of Nairobi played a pivotal role in the development of the 10cm cube satellite. This will encourage the Kenyan engineers to proceed forward and develop bigger and more high tech satellites enlarging the overall economy of the country. Kenya started its space science programme in mid 2012; as its position in geographically on the Globe makes it perfect to launch satellites into orbit. These African countries set new traits by utilizing these satellites, such as data collection, location and monitoring oil-rich areas, fighting against extremist group or election monitoring etc. This great moment took place on Friday at 1:30pm and on the Japanese Module of International Space Station by the collaboration Japanese space agency and United Nations that is supporting countries in manufacturing and improving their space technology. Kenya did not launch this satellite as their first but after some failures, they have achieved the apex of their space technology careers. In 1970, Kenya launched ‘Uhuru’ satellite which did not provide much benefit to the country itself. First Kenya University Nano Satellite-Precursor Flight (1KUNS-PF). This space project will be the first to be deployed from The Japanese Experimental Module (JPM) nick named Kibo means hope.

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