NAIROBI– Kenya is set to inaugurate its first satellite this Friday following its successful launch and placement on the international space station of the Kenyan cube satellite.
The Japan aerospace exploration agency, JAXA, in collaboration with the University of Nairobi and the Government of Kenya will deploy the Kenyan cube satellite which was encapsulated in the 14th commercial resupply services mission.
Nairobi University Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Mbithi described the development as country’s milestone as it ventures into space science that will go a long way in boosting growth in various economic sectors, including industrialization and environment.
The 1.2-kilogramme satellite will have several benefits for the country such as environmental and animal observation, weather forecasting and assisting the multimedia sector in the country.
Experts project that it cost about 100 million shillings (about one million US dollars) to assembly the satellite, whose lifespan is about one and a half years.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK