Kenya is preparing to launch its first satellite on Monday, April 10, joining Egypt, Morocco and Nigeria as the African country to launch an operational satellite into space.
A historic day for this East African country. Kenya will launch its first satellite this Monday, April 10, from US soil in partnership with US company SpaceX.
Launched on a SpaceX Falcon-9 rocket from the US base in Vandenberg, California, “is a major milestone for Kenya’s space program and is expected to contribute significantly to the development of satellite development, data analysis and processing, and application development. capabilities of the country’s nascent space economy,” said the Ministry of Defense and the Kenya Space Agency.
According to This last oneThe Taifa-1 (“Nation-1” in Swahili) satellite was designed by a team of nine Kenyan engineers and will provide “accurate and regular satellite data” used in the fields of agriculture and food security, natural resources and disaster management and environmental monitoring, a statement said. says
In 2018, Kenya launched its first nanosatellite, and twenty years ago, in 1998, Egypt launched its first operational satellite into space, becoming the first country on the continent to put a satellite into orbit. By 2022, at least 13 African countries have produced 48 satellites Space in AfricaA Nigerian agency that oversees African space programs.
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