Kenya’s first satellite ‘blasts off’ Friday

On Friday, Kenya will be the first sub-Saharan African country to launch a nano-satellite into space.

Known as the First Kenyan University Nano Satellite—Precursor Flight (1KUNS-PF), the satellite is a product of University of Nairobi, in collaboration with Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA)’s Japanese Experiment Module “Kibo Programe” and United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

The 10-by-10-by-10 cube satellite will have several benefits for Kenya which include weather forecasting, earth mapping, environmental and animal observation and will also be used in assisting the multimedia sector in the country.

The satellite is also expected to assist with outer space observation and disaster management.

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