Under the auspices of University of Nairobi, Kenya has won bragging rights after she launched her first ever satellite into space in what has be lauded as Kenya’s entrance into space exploration.
The pioneer satellite developed by the University of Nairobi (UoN) in collaboration with the University of Rome was launched on Monday into the International Space Station from Florida in US
Kenyans took advantage of United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, JAXA, KiboCUBE Program.
The satellite, 1KUNS-PF was the first CubeSat to be deployed from Kibo, the Japanese Experiment Module of the International Space Station (ISS).
The UoN project which began six years ago in 2006, has been hailed by the Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma.
The satellite launched on Monday 2nd 2018 aims to achieve the following agendas
- To test technologies for the launch of a larger earth observation satellite in the future
- Observe farming trends and
- Monitor the coastline.