Kenya will launch its first operational satellite in the United States on April 10 with US company SpaceX, the Kenyan Ministry of Defense and the Kenya Space Agency announced on Monday.
This satellite “Provides accurate and regular satellite data” Especially useful “Agriculture and Food Security, Natural Resources and Disaster Management and Environmental Monitoring”A press release said.
East Africa’s economic powerhouse, Kenya, has been hit by a historic drought after several failed monsoons.
The satellite, Taifa-1 (“Nation-1” in Swahili), “Designed and developed by a team of Kenyan researchers”The report continued.
It was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Vandenberg, California, USA. “A milestone for Kenya’s space program and expected to significantly contribute to the development of satellite development, data analysis and processing and application development capabilities of Kenya’s new space economy”Welcome Ministry of Defense and Kenya Space Agency.
In 2018, Kenya launched its first nanosatellite.
By 2022, at least 13 African countries will have produced 48 satellites, according to Space in Africa, a Nigerian agency that monitors African space programs.
In 1998, Egypt became the first country on the continent to send a satellite into space.
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